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When: National Polka Day is celebrated on the 9th of August every year.

History and Significance
Polka is a form of dance that involves a series of peppy and quick steps, done along with a partner. The music for the dance is rocking accordion style music. This fast-paced duet dance form is said to have originated in the 1800s in Bohemia. It is also said that a girl named Anna Slezak was the one who invented this dance in the year 1834. The dance then gained popularity in ballrooms around the world. The dance is a series of triple steps performed to the tune of polka music played on the accordion. The dance is great fun and a rigorous exercise too.

What to do on this day
Be a part of the polka festivals organized at various venues in your city on this day. In addition to featuring different polka styles and accordion music these festivals also offer traditional food and lots of beer. But if you are not a person who likes to be lost in a crowd, then you could celebrate this day with your kids right in the comfort of your home. Whatever you do just enjoy the day with a jig of polka in it.

* information from http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/national-polka-day.html.

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