Happy Dyngus Day!

pussy_willow1Dyngus Day is many things… Easter Monday, the day of the White House Easter Egg Roll and a holiday for boys to flirt with girls in Poland.  I know it sounds strange, so here’s a better description (from Wikipedia, of course!)…

“In Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches…

Throughout the day, girls would find themselves the victims of drenchings and leg-whippings, and a daughter who was not targeted for such activities was generally considered to be beznadziejna (hopeless) in this very coupling-oriented environment.  Most recently, the tradition has changed to become fully water-focused, and the Śmigus part is almost forgotten. It is quite common for girls to attack boys just as fiercely as the boys traditionally attacked the girls. With much of Poland’s population residing in tall apartment buildings, high balconies are favorite hiding places for young people who gleefully empty full buckets of water onto randomly selected passers-by.”

And since the world’s largest organized Dyngus Day celebration is found in Buffalo, New York, I had to share!  So, go eat some kielbasa, drink some Tyskie and dance to some polka. Nazdrowie!


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