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When Poland plays soccer, nothing gets in the way—not even a church wedding

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A day to remember.
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

June weekends are a popular time for weddings in Poland. During a recent trip to the country, photos of beautiful brides in sunny churches started dominating my social media feeds around 3pm on Saturday.

Unfortunately, this past Saturday (June 25) presented Poland’s wedding guests with a tough decision: celebrate long-planned nuptials with friends and loved ones, or watch Poland’s historic soccer game against Switzerland in the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

In Poland, a soccer-obsessed and majority-Catholic country, the championship was a big deal—a Polish team has never made it as far before. On the other hand, a wedding is once in a lifetime. Which is why one Polish church acknowledged the gravity of the situation.

Hopefully Poland’s victory on Saturday—the team now advances to the championship quarter-finals—will make those weird wedding photos worth it.

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