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How many times we have heard people wax poetic about holidays their Babcia or mother would host full of tasty food and traditions. This year, instead of just reminiscing, add a little Polish tradition to your holiday yourself: use a butter lamb or decorate the table with pussy willows. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming to share our colorful heritage with your family.
Another nice tradition to do is to have your Easter morning food blessed. In Poland, even the process of taking the basket of food to church is a festive occasion after the long, somber lenten period. There are always
certain items that should be in the basket along with your food. The priest then specifically address the various contents of the basket, with special prayers for the meats, >eggs, cakes & breads. He then sprinkles the individual baskets with Holy Water, some even use the traditional straw brush for dispersing the water. Older generations of Polish Americans, descended from early 19th century immigrants, tend to bless the whole meal, often brought to church in large hampers & picnic baskets. Newer Polonian immigrants and those from urban Poland present the smaller arrangement of select goods just to give an idea of what will be eaten. Many of the Mahoning Valley’s churches offer this option on Holy Saturday. Two of our favorites include Msgr. Peter Polando’s blessing service at 3 PM at St. Columba and the fun combo event at St. Stanislaus at 1 & 2 PM which is followed by an Easter egg hunt for children under 10.

Time to celebrate…Dyngus Day!
After more than six weeks of Lenten fasting, abstaining, sacrificing and penance, all Catholics will be ready to celebrate. Easter Sunday is for praise and worship, but, in Polish tradition, Śmigus-Dyngus, the name for Easter Monday, is for mischief and fun. Early in the morning, boys awake girls by chasing after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water and striking them about the legs (gently, please) with decorated pussy willow branches. Ladies get their revenge by squirting the men with cologne or perfume. Today it is quite common for even random strangers to get water dumped on them. No wonder many call the day Wet Easter Monday!
National Celebrations
Dyngus Day is observed in many communities, most notably in Buffalo, NY, which hosts the largest continuing event since the 1960s. Today Dyngus Day Buffalo is a tourist attraction with upwards of 100,000 people celebrating the day at more than 75 sites! Dyngus Day Cleveland started in 2010 in the Gordon Arts District larger on Detroit Ave. and West 58th Street and every year continues to grow. An estimated 45,000 people celebrated Dyngus Day across the city last year!
Celebrate locally!
This good time has inspired Youngstowners to enjoy the day too!

  • Rhine Haus Beer Hall reminds that The Irish have St.Patricks Day. Mexicans have Cinco DeMayo. The Polish have Dyngus Day the Monday after Easter. Consider yourself Polish for the day, and join in on the fun! A delicious Buffet All Day will include all of your favorites including pierogi, halushki, kielbasa and kraut! $8.99/Lunch or $12/Dinner. The bar will have Polish beer and vodka specials, too! There will be popping polka music all day plus Del Sinchak & his orchestra from 6-9 PM

Call for vendors for Simply Slavic

In preparation for its 9th Annual Simply Slavic festival on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from Noon - 12 AM on Federal Plaza East, organizers are seeking authentically Slavic retail, craft, fine ar  t, and food vendors for its Marketplace and Food Tents. The festival has vending space for 15 food vendors and 10 marketplace vendors, who will provide a variety of Slavic merchandise and foods for our patrons during

the festival. For more information, contact Festival Vendor Coordinator Dave Slanina at (330) 509-0754 or dave@simplyslavic.org


News from Poland by Ted Mirercki
Revolutionary War Hero Gen. Casimir Pułaski Was Most Likely Intersex
Although this is old new since ACPC got a report on this at its 2008 convention, we had to share since we revieved so many questions this week  The “father of the American cavalry,” a Polish-born Revolutionary War hero who fought for American independence under George Washington, was in the news again last week as a new documentary about his life. “The General Was Female?, ”which aired on the Smithsonian Channel on April 8, revealed that, although Pulaski identified and lived as a man, biologically, he did not fit into the binary definitions of male and female. This twist helps explain why for more than 200 years, a mystery persisted about his final resting place. Historical accounts suggested the cavalryman had been buried at sea, but others maintained he was buried in an unmarked grave in Savannah, Ga. Scientists could not previously identify his remains. The discovery offers historical representation to people who are intersex. About one in 2,000 people is born with ambiguous genitalia, which can lead doctors to perform what advocates say are unnecessary and harmful surgeries. This group has often been stigmatized and overlooked throughout history, according to the Intersex Society of North America.  Learn more about this story and more in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Monday, April 22 Krakusy Society of Youngstown Dyngus Day Youngstown, Casual Pint… Sunday, April 28  Constitution Day Parade & Celebration Fleet Avenue in Warszawa Historic District of Cleveland (known today as Slavic Village)…May 3 YSU Study trip to Eastern Europe Saturday, April 27 Krakusy Society of Youngstown Constitution Day CelebrationSunday, August 18 Polish Day 2019! And you know there will be more to come!


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