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Happy Dyngus Day

Monday, April 01, 2013

emoticon Happy Dyngus Day! Dyngus Day is to the Polish as St. Patrick's Day is to the Irish. It occurs on Easter Monday. It is a day celebrater since 900 a.d. The boys had the tradition of "watering" the girls with buckets of water, and nowadays squirt guns. Nowadays the girls do the same. Tradition stems from the watering of Christians at baptism. emoticon emoticon (Don't know how....)

It is celebrated in American towns like Buffalo and Cleveland.
In Cleveland.... Festivities kick off about noon in neighborhood pubs and restaurants, including Spice, XYZ Tavern, Battery Park Wine Bar, Reddstone, Happy Dog, the Parkview, Luxe, Toast Wine Bar and the Harp. (No, I don't go to bars myself) Polka bands and dancing are my favorite activity.

At 4 p.m., the Parkview on West 58th Street will host the Miss Dyngus pageant. The winner of the crown will place the ceremonial pierogi on the Dyngus float, kicking off an accordion parade of costumed frolickers up West 58th Street. (I do love accordian music and pierogi.)

Foods are rich. Some healthier ones are roast veal, White Borscht Recipe - Polish Bialy Barszcz, horseradish with beets and Braised Red Cabbage Recipe - Czerwona Kapusta Zasmazana. emoticon Can anyone make a lo-cal pierogi that tastes good?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MNABOY 4/6/2013 1:26AM

    Glad I didn't know of the celebration! I would be celebrating a lot.

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/3/2013 1:32AM

    I would taste a low calorie perogie! My next door neighbour is brilliant as a perogie maker! She has Ukrainian in her background.

Thanks for the Dyngus lesson... it is a new tradition for me too!

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KALIGIRL 4/2/2013 8:37AM

    Sounds like fun!

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DANCINCAJUN1 4/1/2013 8:45PM

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PATRICIAAK 4/1/2013 6:18PM

    It's on our news - complete with parade.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 4/1/2013 2:28PM

    sounds fun

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KATHYJO56 4/1/2013 1:49PM

    I have never heard of Dyngus Day, but I think it is very cool! So in the fun spirit of things, I wish everybody a very Happy Dyngus Day! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 4/1/2013 12:08PM

    That is too cool - I know a lot of nonsense trivia but had never heard of Dyngus Day.

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RD03875 4/1/2013 11:43AM

    Sounds like fun

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DR1939 4/1/2013 10:30AM

    I lived in Parma and Strongsville for over 20 years and never heard of Dyngus Day. Sounds like fun. And I do so wish someone made low calorie pierogis. I can't remember the name of the church on 25th that made and sold them.

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/1/2013 10:30AM

    How fun! I love regional holidays! I was telling dh about Panczki day emoticon on Fat Tuesday which is celebrated primarily in the metro Detroit, MI area.

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LAILATN 4/1/2013 10:01AM

    Thanks for sharing, I'd never heard of this day either! Sounds fun! Happy Dyngus Day! emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/1/2013 9:28AM

    thank you had not heard of this day !! enjoy

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MIMIDOT 4/1/2013 9:25AM

    Never heard of Dyngus Day. Thanks for telling about it. Sounds like fun!

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MAMISHELI53 4/1/2013 9:19AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing about that tradition! I'd never heard of it, which could be considered odd, because my late husband was half Polish - his maternal grandparents came from Poland. He did have some Irish in him, though he wasn't aware of it until much later. I, on the other hand, had been made aware of my Irish ancestry from fairly early, although, not being CATHOLIC, we didn't follow the saints' days.
My DH DID clue me in to some Polish Easter traditions - like Kielbasa and eggs, with horseradish. His grandma made her own. The first time he tried it, she slopped a big spoonful on a hard-boiled egg and handed it to him...and laughed as the tears streamed down his face.

Not being terribly keen on getting soaked, especially in the temps we face in western NY this time of year, it's just as well we were unaware of the celebration. Still - thanks for the fun information!

Blessings to you on the journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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