IPC’s Polish employees return home for the holidays
Most people want to celebrate Christmas with their closest relative and friends, so that the holidays will be as memorable as possible. This year IPC was able to arrange its construction projects so that its Polish employees could go home for the holidays. The Company decided to lease an airplane so that its Polish employees could take a direct flight to Poland. IPC contacted Iceland Express, and the airline provided aircraft and transported employees from Keflavík to Kraków in Poland. The Company’s employees returned by the same route after the first of the year.
As one of Iceland’s largest construction companies, Iceland Prime Contractor employs a number of Polish workers. Some 150 Polish workers took a charter flight to Poland on 20 December and will return to work on 7 January.
Most Poles are Roman Catholic, so their Christmas customs are rather similar to those in Iceland. A large number of people attend church during the Christmas holidays, and most Polish churches are full, both on Christmas day and on December 26th. As is common in many Catholic countries, Poles set up Christmas mangers that are often very large and decorative. On January 6, it is common that people write the letters KMB in chalk on the front door of their homes, in the belief that the letters are the initials of the names of the three Magi who visited Christ in the manger. Actually, however, the letters stand for the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, which means, “Christ Bless our Home.”