Thursday, March 03, 2011

Donut's day! Fatty Thursday in Poland

Thursday, March 03, 2011
Today, here in Poland, is the day where most people will eat their hearts out with donuts or other fatty sweety foods.

Yes! that is one thing I notice with the Poles, they like to eat fatty foods particulary this pączki or donuts.  

This is the time of the year where donuts are all sold out. So, you have to go the bakeshops as early as you can to get the best and freshiest donuts.  I am not a donut eater you know but hey for the sake of Polish tradition, I have to celebrate with them .. eating donust paired with hot coffee.  

If you want to know is WIKIPEDIA to explain everything. 

Fat Thursday (German Fetter Donnerstag, Schmotziger Donnerstag, or in areas where carnival is celebrated Weiberfastnacht; Greek Τσικνοπέμπτη (Tsiknopempti) ; Polish Tłusty czwartek) is a traditional Polish, Greek and German feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter. It is similar to, but should not be confused with, the French festival of Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals forbidden during Lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that day are pączki or berliner, fist-sized donuts filled with rose marmalade, and faworki, French dough fingers served with lots of powdered sugar.
In Italy, Giovedì Grasso (Fat Thursday) is also celebrated, but it is not very different from Martedì Grasso (Shrove Tuesday). It is also similar to the Greek custom of Tsiknopempti (loosely translatable as "Barbecue Thursday"), which involves the massive consumption of charred meat in the evening of Thursday, ten days before the beginning of the Great Lent. In Spain this celebration is called jueves lardero, and in Catalan-speaking areas, dijous gras.
"Bizcochos" and "mona" on Fat Thursday in Albacete, Spain
In Albacete in central Spain, Jueves Lardero is celebrated with a square pastry called a bizcocho (see also Bizcocho (disambiguation)) and a round pastry called a mona.
In Rhineland (Germany) Weiberfastnacht is an unofficial holiday. The work at the majority of workplaces ends at noon. The celebration starts at 11:11am. In comparison with Rosenmontag there are usually no parades but the people wear costumes and celebrate at the streets. It’s a folkway on that day that women cut off the ties of men as a symbol of the men’s power. The men wear the blunt of their ties and get a Bützchen (little kiss) as compensation.

Happy Donut's day everyone!

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