Monday, April 25, 2011

Śmigus-Dyngus!! Really Wet Custom

Today, many Polish people get soaked... Monday after Easter is called "Śmigus-Dyngus" or "Lany Poniedziałek", which means Wet Monday. This holiday has been celebrated in Poland since 15th century. It is definitely fun for children, but also adults like going back to their childhood and get each other wet. It is very popular to pour buckets of water on each other and yes, I mean buckets! Especially boys love to wake up girls by pouring buckets full of water on their heads. There is an old saying, that a girl who gets soaked the most during this day (even few times) will get married first. However, you don't have to be cruel to your loved ones ;) - there is also a nice way to wake up others.... by spraying on them a little bit of perfume or cologne. And if you are in Poland during this holiday, be aware that someone may run to you and get you wet! If you think that you are safe sitting in your car, make sure to close all the windows, because your car can receive a special "wash" on this day...

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