When : Always the Monday after Easter
Dyngus Day is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.
Dyngus Day Tradition:
There are all sort of ways for boys to meet girls. But, this one takes the cake.
Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys, may choose to use cologne. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.
Yes ladies, you can strike back. Ladies , you get your revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys.
Note: Dyngus Day is also called Wet Easter Monday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why!?
Origin of Dyngus Day:
When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.
Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls and hitting them with pussy willows evolved
from Holiday Insights
Palm Sunday niedziela palmowa is called also The Sunday of the Lord’s Passion niedziela meki Panskiej, Willow Sunday niedziela wierzbowa, Branch Sunday niedziela rozdzkowa orApril Sunday niedziela kwietna since it takes place usually in April (not this year of course).
Here are a few of the Polish Palm Sunday traditions:
There was a custom to bring to church a figure of Jesus Christ riding on a donkey while the spectators threw flowers and pussy willow branches. Carrying the figure of Jesus was a honorary function – In Krakow, the town councilors did this. This was usually accompanied by a procession from one church to another or from outside of the church to inside symbolizing the ceremony of Jesus entering Jerusalem. The Church banned this habit at the end of the 18th century because it was becoming too theatrical and full of pranks and it was accompanied by not very religious songs. Continue reading…
The next meeting of TPGS will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon. Meetings are held at St. Michael School, 420 Sandusky Street. This month’s speaker is Donna Christian. All are welcome!
The schedule for TPGS meetings for the remainder of the year is:
Saturday, April 18 – Monthly Meeting from 10am to 12pm – Show and Tell
My Trip to Poland by TPGS Members.
Saturday, May 16 – Special Event – Field Trip
Calvary Cemetery Tour featuring Prominent Poles
Saturday June 20 Monthly Meeting from 10 am – 12 pm
DNA presentation by Bob Smith
July 10 – July 12 LAGRANGE STEET POLISH FESTIVAL
July 26 – TPGS Annual Picnic at St. Michael’s
August 15 & 16 – Book Fair hosted by TPGS at the 577 Foundation
Saturday, September 19 Monthly Meeting from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Monroe County Library’s genealogy resources by Mary Vergowven
Michigan PGS website by Marlene Hardman
Saturday, October 17 Meeting from 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Polish Heritage Month
How many relatives have you met since you joined TPGS?
Polka with Paulette and Mel
Saturday, November 14 Monthly Meeting 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Meeting
TPGS Members’ Brickwall ancestors – revealed
Who are You? winner research presented
Saturday, December 5 TPGS CHRISTMAS PARTY from 12 noon – 4 p.m..
Cost $5/person. Meat will be provided
Members Last Name A-K Bring hot dish; L-Z Bring cold dish
Bring a gift for the exchange (Polish or genealogy related)
WORLD WAR II LOCAL HERO TO BE INDUCTED INTO OHIO MILITARY HALL OF FAME FOR VALOR
World War II hero Sergeant Alexander A. Drabik will be inducted posthumously into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor on April 24, 2015 in the State House Atrium, Columbus, OH.
Drabik was nominated by the Holland Springfield Spencer Township Historical Society (HSSHS), as he attended Dorr Street Elementary School and was a long-time Springfield Township resident. Honoring all who served their county is part of the Society’s on-going Veterans Project.
Drabik was the first soldier to cross the Remagen Bridge in Germany on March 7, 1945, which gave the Allies access to cross the Rhine River, then Germany’s largest defense barrier. He led 10 riflemen across the bridge, surprising the Germans that they forgot to blow up the bridge. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said the capture of the bridge shortened the war by six months possibly saved as many as 50,000 Allied lives. When Eisenhower became President of the United States, he invited Drabik and the 10 riflemen to the White House and told them he was forming the Society of the Remagen Bridgehead.
Before he was sent overseas, Drabik led a rescue a group of 120 men who were lost in the California brush during maneuvers.
Drabik received a tribute in the Congressional Record in 1993 and was a commander of the now-defunct Turanski-Van Glahn VFW Post 7372. There is an Ohio Historical Marker located on Wolfinger Road where he was born installed in 2011.
Space for the pierogi class on Saturday, March 28th is full. We are sorry to all who wanted to take this class but were not able to so we are going to schedule another class in October just in time for Christmas. PACT will announce the October date when it is finalized. Thank you to all who wanted to take the March class. We hope you will be able to attend the next one in October.
2015 Scholarship Awards
The Polish American Community of Toledo is happy to announce that along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance of Toledo, we will again be awarding scholarships to High School/College students based on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay submitted about “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means To Me”. Last year four area high school or college students each received a $1000 scholarship toward their education.
Click on PACT/TPA scholarship application button on the right of the screen to download a copy of the application. After filling it out, send it to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, Ohio, 43560 no later than May 31st. Winners will be announced in June.
Join PACT for a Pierogi Making Circle and
learn just how easy and fun it can be!!
Has the thought of making pierogi made you nervous?
It’s easy to do if you know the simple steps.
Date: Saturday, March 28
Where: Olivet Lutheran Church
5840 Monroe St.
Fee: $25 per person for new guests
$20 per person for return guests
Price includes: pierogi lessons, pierogi recipes, all ingredients, taste testing, one dozen pierogi to take home, and pierogi press **Please bring rolling pin and an apron if you have one. If you are a returning guest, please bring your pierogi press too.
Stan Machosky and Rozanne Nitschke will guide you in the art of making three types of authentic Polish pierogi: cabbage, meat, and cheese. This is a hands on lesson on making the dough and fillings. After the lesson, everyone will be able to taste their pierogi creations. And there will be plenty for you to take home just in time for Easter.
Guaranteed to be a hit at your Easter table.
Call Sherry to reserve your place at: 419-476-1171 or 419-260-1970. Or Email me at email@example.com Hope to see you all there. It’s bound to be a great time!!
Space for this lesson is limited, so call and reserve your seat early!!
NA ZDROWIE! POLISH HERITAGE NIGHT IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 at Huntington Center in Toledo!
Sponsored by Stanley’s Market.
It all starts with a delicious pregame all-you-can-eat Polish buffet dinner by Stanley’s Market, featuring their world-famous kielbasa….Smacznego! There will also be live music to get your toes tapping, as well as Polish-themed entertainment throughout the night while you enjoy exciting Walleye hockey.
A ticket combo is $33, which includes a game ticket and the buffet. If you already have a game ticket for that night, you can get the buffet for $20. For tickets and more information, contact Hannah Tyson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-725-9258.