History & Activities * Illustrated Recipe
Day is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the
last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between
Christmas and Lent. This is the time for
sleigh parties called Kulig. To mark the last moments
of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice, Polish Roman Catholics
celebrate Paczki Day.
On this day the traditional
deep fried pastries (something like jelly doughnuts) are enjoyed throughout
the world's Polonias. This joyous activity precedes the Gorzkie
Zale (lamentation services) of Lent
in Polonian churches. In Poland, Paczki Day takes place
the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, called Tlusty Czwartek (Fat
Thursday). Long lines form in front of the bakeries in Polonia, and
millions of Paczki are sold.
In United States Polonia, Paczki
Day takes place the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday,
traditionally called Fat Tuesday in Carnival. Polish American bakeries
also supply Paczki in the hundreds of thousands that day.
Often in American Polonia, Paczki Day is celebrated with
polka dances. In Roman Catholic grammar schools throughout American
Polonia, children enjoy Paczki at school on that day.
* Dla Dzieci / For Kids: Polka Accordion
to Print & Color
* Illustrated Paczki Recipe
* Paczki Pals: Website for
Plush Paczki Dolls!
Singular Noun is Paczek (pohn-check);
Plural Noun is Paczki (punch-key)