Dyngus Day 2017 is on Friday, April 21, 2017: What is Dyngus Day all about?
Friday, April 21, 2017 is Dyngus Day 2017.
It's called Śmingus Dyngus, and it's the Monday after Easter Sunday. Tradition is to soak everyone with water. It comes from the Pagan custom of welcoming spring by washing away impurities, but has since been combined with the Christian baptism.
Growing up in a Polish-American community, I've only known it to be a day when kids have water fights with each other. But during an internet search I found sites that state the "dyngus" part is when donations are requested, and that the "śmingus" part included men beating women's bare legs with ribbon-decorated switches made from willow or birch, in memory of Jesus' beatings. (We did no such thing.) Searches also stated that boys would drench the girls, and when a girl was really drenched it meant she was desirable and would be married within the year. (Some families would refuse donation if their daughter didn't get a good water-soaking.)
When I was a kid, it was an equal-opportunity drenching, and there weren't any requests for donations or lashings with ribbon-decorated switches. Just a massive water fight and everyone got in on the act! We'd fill water pistols and go after each other, yelling "Śmingus dyngus!" whenever we soaked someone.
The first time my mother woke me up with water splashed in my face on Monday morning after Easter I got so mad! I was about 5 years old and didn't understand it was to wash away impurities and bring good luck. In following years I would wake up before her and return the favor. LOL! We kept the tradition going into our adulthood. One would wake up before the other and give her a good soaking. Silly, but fun!
What is the tradition for Dyngus Day.?
The annual Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade begins at 5pm at the Broadway Market and makes its way through the streets of the city's Historic Polonia District.
what is dyngus day? i know it sounds weird but ive never heard of it before? best answer gets the points?
Dyngus Day (or Easter Monday) is the day after Easter Sunday and is celebrated as a holiday in some largely Christian cultures.
Formerly, the post-Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration, but this was reduced to one day in the 19th century. Events include egg rolling competitions and, in predominantly Catholic countries, dousing other people with water which, at one time, had been holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless the house and food.
Easter Monday on the Catholic liturgical calendar is the second day of the octave of Easter Week.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Easter Monday is called Bright Monday.
Though not largely observed in the United States the day remains informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Carolina the state of North Dakota and the city of Buffalo, New York. Traditionally Polish areas of the country such as South Bend, Indiana and Chicago observe Dingus Day as well. A holiday, along with Good Friday in most of Canada (and many other Commonwealth countries).. Along with Good Friday, Easter Monday is a Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom (except Scotland), making a four-day weekend.