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Get you water toys ready for the Polish Wet Monday! Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Culture, customs, Holidays

You probably heard about Śmigus Dyngus! It is a tradition in which people use bucket pails or water guns to soak each other with water.

Easter Monday in Poland is a holiday and is called Śmigus-Dyngus or Lany Poniedzialek (wet Monday). This is a wonderful day of fun. It was traditionally the day when boys tried to drench girls buckets of water. The more a girl is sprayed with water, the higher her chances are that she will get married (Im bardziej dziewczyna jest oblana wodą, tym większe są jej szanse, że wyjdzie za mąż). Now Wet Monday is usually celebrated by everyone drenching or sprinkling each other. Kids use water guns, water toys. Basically it is a free-for-all good old fashioned water fight and no one is immune, kids and parents alike get in on the action. When I was a little girl, from the respect to older people, we would spray my grandparents with perfume, instead of water;)

The history of Śmigus Dyngus goes back to the Middle Ages when it was called Oblewania. Some people say that by being splashed with water on Easter Monday will bring you good luck throughout the year. There is conflicting information as to the origin of this tradition. Some say it was a pagan ritual and that the pouring of water symbolized springtime to cleanse and purify. There are others who think that Dyngus represented renewal of the sacrament of baptism after Christ had risen. Another theory suggests that Wet Monday is connected with Polish ruler Prince Mieszko I who was baptized in 966 on Easter Monday. However you look at it, it is still a fun holiday!

So get your water toys, buckets, glasses ready and have some fun tomorrow!

Maurzyce (k. Lowicza, woj. lodzkie), 31.03.2011. SKANSEN WSI LOWICKIEJ. REGIONALNY ZESPOL PIESNI I TANCA "BOCZKI CHELMONSKIE", ZESPOL NA W SWOIM PROGRAMIE ARTYSTYCZNYM MIEDZY INNYMI PROGRAM DYNGUSIARZE. ZESPOL WYSTEPIJE W ORYGINALNYCH STROJACH LOWICKICH ORAZ STROJACH PODREGIONU LOWICKIEGO-KOCIERZEWSKICH, W SMIGUS DYNGUS PO WSI CHODZILI CHLOPCY PCHAJAC KOGUTKA I ODWIEDZALI CHATY, GOSPODARZE DOMOW, ABY NIE ZOSTAC POLANYMI WKLADALI JAJKA DO KOSZYKA, PANNY WEDROWALY WLASNYMI DROGAMI I CZEKALY NA POLANIE WODA. Fot. Marian Zubrzycki/FORUM

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.