Monday, April 17, 2006

HAPPY DYNGUS DAY!!!

That's what I said....Happy Dyngus Day! If I hadn't already told you, I am of the Polish ancestry....100% pure and clear....as is my son. Now I know what you are all saying, "Blonde and Polish.....How many light bulbs does it take, blah, blah, blah!" But that's okay...I'm very proud of my Polish heritage and am used to the jokes! All of my grandparents were born in Poland and my parents, though born in the U.S., could speak fluent Polish. Unfortunately, I know very little and had little interest in learning when I was young....now I would love to learn it but I have no one to speak it to.
Anyway, back to Dyngus Day....it's a Polish Holiday (very popular in Poland) whereby after the long Lenten Holiday, there is a day of fun! (and a little romance also) It is always celebrated the Monday after Easter. On this day, the guys get to wet the ladies down by sprinkling or drenching them with water chasing them with buckets or squirt guns or whatever. The bolder men used cologne. The ladies get to hit the men with switches. (mmmm...I like this) On Tuesday, the ladies get their revenge and could throw dishes back at the boys. (ah, young love!) It has become increasingly popular though for the ladies to throw water back at the boys on Monday. Basically we're looking at a big water fight after Easter. If I remember correctly, my Mom used to say that, of course, you did this to the one you want to marry. (I also remember my Mom teasing my Dad and throwing water on him).
Okay, just a little bit of Polish history for yunz, guys! Being as I'm still recovering from a fun weekend, I'm going to end now with a few pics of Easter morning with my family before they left to go home to Michigan. We're a silly bunch so enjoy.......
MY SON AND HIS GAL PAL and my FUTURE GRANDSON (ED'S GRANDSON)


ED'S DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW


AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST.....MY SWEETIE MAN AND ME!!!!

TILL TOMORROW.....




6 Comments:

Brandy said...

Great pics Lucy. Love the story, very interesting.

Raquel said...

Very interesting tradition infact we have a similar tradition in some parts of rural SouthIndia around the harvest festival called Pongal,where girls drench the men (who they want to marry) with yellow water(the water is coloured with turmeric) .
Thought you may like to know.

Rachel said...

Love the pictures! Sounds like some fun holidays! :) I had never heard of those tradtions before.

Courtney said...

I love the history I get from you! Wonderful pictrues of yunz! How wonderful! Glad to hear that you had a good Easter!

Karen and Rocky said...

Can I be Polish, too? It sounds like great fun.
Beautiful pics, looks like you had great weather. I love your porch.

Donna Lynn said...

Lucy, thanks for posting the info on Dyngus Day. I am 50% Polish and quite proud of my heritage. My great grandparents (mothers side) came here from Poland and my great grandpa actually came from the same villiage as Pope John Paul II. My Grandma is the only one left in my family that knows any Polish (she's 85) and I've been trying to get info out of her for my family tree. I really want to go there someday, my hubby doesn't, but he married a Polak and doesn't have a choice!

P.S. Everytime I forget where you're from, when I see "yunz" I remember. When I lived in PA (for a short time in 1999) one of my friends always used that word! LOL Down here we use "YA'LL"!! LOL