[Northkeep] Happy Śmigus-dyngus Day
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Mon Apr 5 10:09:45 PDT 2010
Any excuse for a wet chemise contest....
On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM, Jerry Herring <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
> Happy Śmigus-dyngus Day
> A traditional Polish holiday set on the first Monday after Easter, it is
> sort of like their version Valentines Day likely taking its roots from pagan
> cleansing rituals or christian baptismal rites. Some believe the tradition
> dates back to 966 when Poland's king was baptized on Easter Monday.
> The traditional holiday celebrations marking Śmigus-dyngus Day are that
> men and boys splash the ladies with water to show their affection for
> them... modern interpretations say with squirt from a water-gun...some older
> traditions include a dowsing with a bucket...and other rituals on a
> different bend involve the males swishing the skirts to tap the ankles and
> legs of the ladies with canes as a symbol of their affections. The women in
> order to get the men and boys to stop splashing, dowsing, squirting,
> swishing and tapping offer a payment...usually in the form of a coin or a
> kiss. Modern polish traditions in America sometimes mark the day with a
> dance where they play traditional Polka music.
> On this day in Poland groups of
> young boys are seen waiting for the girls to pass-by near the markets
> or on the corners of the streets. Older men behave more like gentlemen
> lightly spraying or splashing their
> wives with scented or cologne waters rather than dowsing them with a
> bucket. The belief is that the more a woman or girl is splashed the higher
> her chances of finding true love and having a good marriage.
> Of course in order that there is fairplay the next day (Tuesday) the girls
> were allowed to splash the boys as much as they wanted.
> So all you men out there throw some water on the one you love in honor of
> Śmigus-dyngus Day!
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