Sunday, 5 April 2015

Smigus Dyngus /Easter Monday

Smigus Dyngus * Easter Monday

6th April 2015
    Easter Monday is a holiday in Poland. Wet Easter Monday (Dyngus Day) was traditionally the day boys tried to drench girls with squirt guns, buckets of water, and much more. The girls got their chances for revenge the following day. Now the Monday is usually celebrated by everyone drenching or sprinkling each other. According to Rev. Krysa, Dyngus Day is a commemoration of the birth of Christianity in Poland (966 A.D.) in which Holy Baptism was administered to Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. The Dyngus custom is also reminiscent of the mass Baptisms that took place in the Lithuania after the marriage of Polish Queen Jadwiga and Lithuanian Duke Jagiello.
    Smigus Dyngus (shming-oos-ding-oos) This term now refers to the Easter Monday drenching custom, although once signified a kind of house-to-house Easter trick or treating that has survived only in a few rural areas. The merrymakers often pulled along a special cart with a live or wooden rooster and received treats and drinks from the  households they visited. American Polonian descendants of the 1890s-1930s immigration often celebrate Dyngus Day with a polka dance.

River Slepotka - located in Katowice.. in May 2104

Now this tradition is very popular in small towns and villages not in big cities.

21 comments:

  1. Sound like a fun few day in the county. Great to read about that. Very different from our culture.

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    1. Europe is different from your country

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    1. yes but now is popular in smaller communities

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  3. The river is lovely, and what a fun holiday, Gosia! Hope you don't get too wet.

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    1. Linda thanks. It's a small river. I am dry..

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  4. how interesting! hadn't heard about the drenching tradition!

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  5. Interesting holiday where everyone gets drenched, seems like lots of fun and laughter. The river picture is lovely and peaceful.

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    1. Yes it is a lot of fun and laughter

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  6. Sounds more interesting than boring Easter Monday in Australia.

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    1. Andrew, no problem I ma waiting for you in Poland next Easter. Buy a big bucket and come!!!

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  7. Hmmm...I hadn't heard of this tradition either. Could be fun.

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  8. Not much happens here today!

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  9. Wow, you're almost a century ahead of the rest of the world - May 2104!!?? :))

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  10. so no problem it is a mistake..

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  11. What a funny custom. I hope it's a warm day!

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  12. Very interesting to learn about the Polish Easter customs. I'm sure my youngest sister would love to adopt the squirt gun fight tradition--but it's a bit too cold here still!

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  13. Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

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