Today as part of our new additon the Polish Slang pages, we delve into the rich culture of Poland. One very important part of this culture is Bruderszaft
Also called „brudzio” or „braterski” (brother shot). As everybody knows – Poles love beer, wine and vodka. There is nothing better than having a party with lots of fire water. When you meet a stranger at a party and you want them to become your friend – it’s simple. All you need to do is to drink „brudzio” with him.
How it’s done is simple: you just put a glass with vodka in your hand, lock arms with the other person, (very important! You have to keep an eye contact with this person!) and then you introduce yourself. After he does the same – with locked arms you simply bring the glass to your mouth, and drink the alcohol from the glass. It’s well known right across the country. It became a tradition at weddings, parties and other events. Also „brudzio” is a way to show someone that you like him. Friends drink this way when they want to show that they are important for each other (for example. They have been friends for a long time).
Sometimes (mostly because someone drank too much) people kiss the brudzio partner on the cheek after drinking they’re favourite vodka. There is nothing wrong with it! Sadly, this part of „brudzio” does not appear as often as it did in the past. This tradition was born long time ago – nobody really knows the exact date of it.
People in Poland love alcohol. „It doesn’t matter black or white”, Chinese or whoever – if you have vodka, everybody in Poland is your friend. Even if they don’t look like it, they are very friendly people. Remember in Poland vodka (or sharing alcohol) means frienship. Poles are friendly and funny – everybody who has had contact with them will admit that.
So if you are invited to a Polish party, remember – bottle of vodka, smile on the face and friendly attitude is the most important. Also if someone offers you a „brudzio”, do not decline it. As with any culture it is an integral part of the Polish culture, and to decline a brudzio invitation is like saying you don’t care about Polish culture. And remember – if your a person who doesn’t like alcohol (there aren’t many of them in Poland) there is no offense if they drink something weaker (like beer or wine) for „brudzio”. It’s all the same! Just share the friendship