Wet Monday Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Culture

Easter Monday, it is Smigus-Dyngus or Lany Poniedzialek, called in USA “wet Monday”. During all the day, it is allowed to throw water on the others, also unknown! The best thing is to remain at home all the day, because while leaving to go for a short walk or to even go to the church, one is likely to be wet! And it is not the right to be annoyed. Obviously, one should not exaggerate with the quantity of water thrown on an unknown, cultivate the tradition.

Formerly, Smigus-Dyngus in the Polish culture symbolized also a very popular tradition, in particular in shifts among the unmarried women and men: the men tried to pour a lot of water on the girls whom they liked, thus showing them their interest and their feelings! The more received water – more the girl was loved. And girls said “thank you” by offering decorated Easter eggs! It was very beautiful tradition.

The Easter is a party of new life. Symbols of Easter are eggs, water and palms. They are the symbols of the new life which starts in nature. The life reappears – it is so beautiful!

And on the “practical” side: The Easter is also a very popular time in Poland to get married. In fact, after 40 days of the Lent, when the church wedding generally is not celebrated,there are a lot of the catholic marriages. The baptisms are also popular during that time.

So if you do like wet Monday tradition, you should definitely try it!

Do następnego razu…!Till next time…!


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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near 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.


  1. Łowiczanka:

    This site shows you how Dyngus Day has become a major holiday in the U.S., especially Buffalo, N.Y., where events are held all around the city and surrounding sub-urbs, featuring several Polish Dance troupes, singers, and over 30 polka bands, plus a parade.

  2. Diane:

    Dyngus Day has become a major holiday in Buffalo, New York. Over 30 bands, dance groups, singing groups, etc. perform all around Western New York. There are also parties featuring Polish cuisine, and an annual parade. Polish flags are flown all over the city.

  3. B.:

    In addition, Polish Men throw, rather generously spinkle, PERFUME on the women… this tradition is done in the larger cities along with throwing the water.