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What Is Dyngus Day?

What is Dyngus Day


Whether you're Polish or not, you've probably heard of Dyngus Day. But what is it? When is it celebrated? And why are people throwing toilet paper at each other? In this article, we'll answer these questions and more as we explore the history behind this distinctly Polish tradition.

What is Dyngus Day?

Dyngus Day is a day of festivity and fun! People celebrate Dyngus with family and friends, or just by themselves. It's not a religious holiday, but it's definitely a day for everyone to enjoy. The young can play games like stickball (or "baseball"), while the old can reminisce about their days playing that same game in their youth.

Where does Dyngus Day come from?

Dyngus Day is a celebration of the start of spring, but it's also a celebration of Easter. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and marks his return from death.

In Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe, Dyngus Day has its roots in pagan celebrations associated with springtime and fertility. During these times, people would throw water on each other as part of their rituals to welcome new life into the world--and that's where we get our modern tradition!

The history of Dyngus Day in Poland.

Dyngus Day is a Polish holiday that falls on the Monday after Easter Sunday. It's one of the most important celebrations in Poland, with roots deeply embedded in paganism and fertility rituals.

The origins of Dyngus Day can be traced back to ancient Slavic tribes who celebrated springtime by welcoming new life into their communities during this time of year. The celebration also served as an opportunity for young men and women to meet each other outside of their normal social circles (which were often limited by gender).

How do people celebrate Dyngus Day?

Dyngus Day is a celebration of spring and fertility, which makes sense considering its origins in pagan rituals. It's also an excuse to get together with friends and family, eat some delicious Polish food (and drink beer), and have a good time.

In Poland and other parts of Central Europe, people dress up in traditional costumes--women wear dresses with white aprons or skirts over them; men wear shirts with suspenders or vests over their pants. They also often wear masks representing animals like bears or goats--these are called "kapelusze," meaning "hats" in English.*

Dyngus Day celebrations include music performances by bands playing traditional folk songs about springtime love--and sometimes even drinking songs! But perhaps most important is throwing water at each other: this stems back from when people would sprinkle each other with holy water on Easter Sunday morning before going to church because they believed it would protect them from evil spirits during their journey through life.*

What happens on Dyngus Day?

You've heard of Mardi Gras, but what is Dyngus Day? It's a day when people in Poland and other areas celebrate spring by throwing water and toilet paper at each other. They dance in the rain, celebrate with family and friends, eat traditional food and wear traditional clothes!

Why Do People Throw Wads of Paper and Water at Each Other on Dyngus Day?

Dyngus Day is a great time to get rid of your bad luck. In Poland, people believe that there's a demon who comes out in spring and makes you sick. So you have to get rid of him by throwing water at him.

If you've been good during Lent (the 40 days before Easter), he'll leave you alone. If not... well, this is where those wads of paper come into play: they represent all your sins! You throw them out onto the street so they don't come back to haunt you later on--like when the weather gets warm again and all those wet papers dry up into nasty little balls that stick everywhere they shouldn't be sticking (like inside your house).

But why do we celebrate Dyngus Day? Because it marks both the end of Lent and also signals spring's arrival here in North America--which means longer days! And warmer weather! And flowers blooming outside our windowsill gardens...

Polki and Polaks celebrate Dyngus Day by hitting each other with water and toilet paper

Polish people celebrate Dyngus Day by hitting each other with water and toilet paper. They also throw wads of paper at each other, because they are very messy people and they don't care what other people think about their behavior.

Poland is the only country that celebrates Dyngus Day, so if you ever happen upon some Polish folks celebrating this holiday in your neighborhood or workplace, please do not join in on their festivities because it will just make everyone uncomfortable.


Dyngus Day is an important holiday for Poles and Polish Americans. It's a time to get together with family, friends and neighbors and celebrate with food, drink and music. But most importantly, it's a day when everyone can hit each other with wads of toilet paper!

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