Polish Dygnus Day
About Dygnus Day
Date When Celebrated: Dygnus Day is held on the Monday after Easter.
Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day, is a fun Polish Holiday. It is very popular in Poland, as well as in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, Dyngus Day traditions include a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.
The Irish traditions and celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day are well known. For those of Polish descent, Dyngus Day is a similar day of fun, parades, drinking, and festivities. You do not have to be Polish to enjoy Dyngus Day. Rather, consider yourself Polish for the day, and join in on the fun. You’ll be glad you did.
Today’s Quote: “If there hadn’t been women, we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization to impress our girlfriends.” – – Orson Welles
Dyngus Day Traditions
There is all sorts of ways for boys to meet girls. But, this one takes the cake.
Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys may choose to use cologne. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.
Yes, ladies, you can strike back. Ladies, you get your revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys.
Other Dingus Day traditions include festivals, parades, polish foods, and drinks.
Note: Dyngus Day is also called Wet Easter Monday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why!?
Other Polish Holidays
“If there hadn’t been women, we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” – – Orson Welles
History and Origin of Dygnus Day
When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.
Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls and hitting them with pussy willows evolved.
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