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Doughnut Day Poland

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Fat Thursday

On Fat Thursday, (Tlusty Czwartek in Polish), the Thursday before Ash Wednesday Poles forget about their diet and eat huge quantities of doughnuts / donuts (paczki - pronounced pounchki). Among Polish Americans the day is often celebrated on the Tuesday instead of the Thursday as it is in Poland.

The custom of making and eating doughnuts or pancakes on this day stems from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy products before the fasting and abstinence of the Christian festival of Lent begins and the desire to have one final "sweet treat" before that period begins.

The celebration is equivalent to Pancake Tuesday in England, and Fetter Dienstag in Germany.


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