Dyngus Day is held on April 1. It is very popular in Poland, as well as in Polish communities across America. This event in the first decade of the month April is annual. Help us
Dyngus Day falls the day after Easter and celebrates the end of lent. Historically a Polish tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the observance of Lent and the joy of Easter.
Dyngus Day can be traced all the way back to a holiday called Śmigus-Dyngus that is celebrated both in Poland and the Ukraine. The traditions of this holiday began back in 966 A.D. with the baptism of Prince Mieszko I and the celebrations following the first Polish monarch being baptized into Christianity.
The use of water is said to evoke the spring rains needed to ensure a successful harvest later in the year. Girls could save themselves from a soaking by giving boys "ransoms" of painted eggs (pisanki), regarded as magical charms that would bring good harvests, successful relationships and healthy childbirths.
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