24 March 2008

Happy Smigus Dyngus Day!

If you're Polish, I guess you're soaked to the skin today. Easter Monday traditionally is Smigus Dyngus Day, when everybody throws buckets of water at each other -- although I guess if you're from the more refined levels of Polish society, you make do with a light sprinkling. Anyway, apparently it's a custom with roots in the commemoration of the birth of Christianity in Poland (966 A.D.) in which Holy Baptism was administered to Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity.

There's also the custom of cutting willow branches and hitting one another's legs, but I'm thinking that's some form of Polish courtship ritual...
Ah, I love these wonderful ethnic customs!