Thursday, 7 February 2013


Today in Poland is known as Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). It is the Thursday before Ash Wednesday and is a day of feasting before the penitential season of Lent begins.

On this day the traditional deep fried pastries (something like doughnuts) are enjoyed throughout Poland and by Polish People now living abroad. 
The traditional reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

The tradition of Tlusy Czwartek and Paczki is very similiar to our Shrove (Pancake)Tuesday - a day of feasting before the rigours of Lent begin the following day.

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