Oskar Kolberg visited this place in 1867 and 1872. He stayed with the Wolniewicz family. In Dębicz and its vicinity Kolberg collected accounts of various customs related to annual holidays:
Kolberg collected here the account of the custom called ‘podkoziołek’ [goat]:
“On Tuesday girls and boys come to the tavern to have a gathering. There is a table on which there is a plate or a bowel with a figure of ‘podkoziołek’ craved from rutabaga [it can be in a form of a small boy, or a head of a goat]. Every girl who wants to dance with a boy has to put a coin next to the figure”.
The materials from this region include the following excerpt describing the act of decorating houses on Whitsun:
“On Whitsun they decorate houses. For the outside ornaments they use branches of birch wood or willow wood; for the inner decorations they use leaves of sweet flag. Local girls walk around the village holding small branches. They do not sing on this occasion”.
Kolberg quotes an anecdote related to wedding belief:
“On a wedding there is a violinist and a bassist. It is believed that when the violin plays it sends the message ‘The wedding is too short, similarly to this violin’, whereas the sound of the double bass is believed to carry the message ‘And the poverty will last very long, since this double bass is long’”.
Kolberg wrote about the customs related to sowing:
“If one sows when the sun and the moon are visible on the sky at the same time, the peas will not boil”