DYNGUS DAY AT DOM POLSKI
March 24, 2008 - Dyngus Day
Celebrate Dyngus Day at the Dom Polski Club located at 576 Oliver St in North Tonawanda. It's fun for the whole family....and you don't have to be Polish to enjoy the good food and beverage; great music featuring Matt Piorkowski on accordian....AND there will be pussy willows. For reservations or more information call: 716-692-8327
April 9, 2007 - Dyngus Day
DID YOU KNOW?
Buffalo, New York is officially the Dyngus Capital of America with the largest concentration of festival locations and live polka music. Visit Buffalo's own Dyngus Day Web Site Smaller festivals can be found in communities with sizable Polish-America populations such as South Bend, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth, New Jersey, Bristol, Connecticut and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Celebrations in South Bend kick off political campaign season in the City.
IS DYNGUS DAY?
PUSSYWILLOWS OR WATER?
A yearly debate among Dyngus Day revelers. The tradition holds true that on Easter Monday boys would sprinkle the girls with water and tap them with pussywillows. On Easter Tuesday, the women would return the favorite. At modern Dyngus Day parties it is common practice that both men and women trade water and pussywillow equally.
According to Polish legend, many springs ago, baby kittens fell into a raging river while chasing butterflies. The mother cat sadly wept at the river's edge, pleading for help for her drowning kittens. The willows heard her mournful cries and swept their long graceful branches into the water. The kittens grabbed the branches, held on tightly and were safely brought to shore. Every spring, from that day on, the willows sprouted fur-like buds where the tiny kittens once clung. The pussy willow is one of the first "budding" plants of spring.
A LITTLE POLISH!
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