We were out of town for Easter, and even though we had a blast in Paris, I was sorry to miss Easter in Poland. I did get to see the special market set up in the Old Square the week before with special vendors and entertainment – made a few purchases at the spice tent.
From what I’ve been told, Easter in Poland is pretty much a two day eating fest. On Saturday, a basket of food which includes colored eggs is taken to church to be blessed. These items become the Easter breakfast which is eaten after mass on Easter morning. This is the first of many family meals over the two days.
The Monday after Easter is an official holiday, it’s also known as Smingus Dyngus. On this day, boys roam the neighborhood, sprinkling girls with water. This ancient tradition is supposed to be a symbol of purification. More recently, it has become boys throwing water balloons into open tram or bus doors and running away. We been warned to exercise caution and avoid going out on Smingus Dyngus.