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Celebrate Dyngus Day at the Polish Falcons


Last updated 3/27/2017 at 6:01pm

Join Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation in celebrating Dyngus Day, a Polish Easter tradition, on Monday, April 17 from 2 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy pierogi, kielbasa and beer, music by The Trel-Tones Polka Band, along with a guest emcee, Jim Krenn, at Polish Falcons, 60 S. 18th Street on South Side. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per couple is requested.

Easter Monday holds special meaning to both Poles and Polish-Americans. The day is known as Smigus Dyngus or Lany Poniedzialek in Poland and Dyngus Day in the US. On the Monday after Easter, Poles celebrate the end of Lent and the joy of the Easter season.

Traditionally, young boys woke girls by pouring buckets of water over them and switching their ankles with willow branches. Poles held the superstition that girls who received a drenching were going to be married within the next year. In the past, boys also played tricks on girls as part of the celebration. 

Today, Smigus Dyngus is mostly water-focused, and both boys and girls take part in the festivities, soaking each other with buckets of water, filling bags or squirt guns. Most Poles live in tall apartment buildings, and on Easter Monday, the high balconies become the preferred spot for staging a sneak water balloon attack on passersby below. 

Among Polish-American communities in the US, the Easter Monday celebration is known as Dyngus Day. The holiday is a time for these communities to celebrate Polish culture, heritage and tradition. The largest Dyngus Day celebration occurs in Buffalo, NY, where it has been celebrated since the late 19th century. The modern Dyngus Day celebration in Buffalo came about in the 1980s. Since 2006, the city’s Polish community has held a Dyngus Day parade. It was the first of its kind in the world.

Dyngus Day is also celebrated in Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. 


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