Fat Thursday, in Polish Tłusty Czwartek stemming from a traditional Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent is associated with the celebration of Carnival.
Every year Polish people get crazy about pączki- sort of berliner fist-sized donuts on Fat Thursday and this tradition stems from the 16th century. The purpose is actually to eat as many donuts as possible on this day. According to statistics every Polish person eats two and a half donuts on that day, which stands for 100 million for the entire nation. On this day Polish people eat also angel wings (faworki), French dough fingers served with powdered sugar. Delicious, I must admit.
On Fat Thursday in Poland you can see long queues outside bakeries from the early hours in Poland, people buying fresh donuts. Most traditional donuts are fried and filled with rose jam, or plum preserve. There are also more modern editions with alcohol: advocate and chocolate.
Fat Thursday is also celebrated abroad where there are big Polish diasporas and Polish tradition is active, for example in the United States and Canada, in Chicago, Michigan and Detroit.
We have visited today the Polish shop in the Netherlands and you can see the result on the photo.
How many donuts have you eaten today?
Author: Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska is an award-winning international journalist, TV correspondent, author, chief editor of international journalism centre, Central and Eastern Europe Centre, president of the European Institute on Communist Oppression and a sworn translator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland and has also Armenian blood and roots in Lvov, which is part of Ukraine. She has been living in Heerlen, the Netherlands since 2005.