3rd May Constitution Day

3May1The Polish Community in New York celebrates today the “May 3rd Constitution Day”. May 3rd Constitution was the FIRST written democratic constitution in Europe, and the world’s second, after the United States Constitution. The May 3rd Constitution was adopted by the Sejm of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on May 3, 1791. We are proud of our heritage.

After the Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church with participation of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Ms Urszula Gacek, the special Academy was held at the Polish National Home on Driggs Ave in Greenpoint.

Adoption of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. The painting depicts King Stanislaus Augustus together with members of the Grand Sejm and inhabitants of Warsaw entering St John’s Cathedral in order to swear in the new national constitution just after it had been adopted by the Grand Sejm in the Royal Castle visible in the background.