The Easter Monday

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This one wasn’t really supposed to be funny, but rather educational: a little about Polish culture and a little about stupidity of Polish hooligans.
I will start with an explanation. Polish Easter is celebrated with families. Kids decorate boiled eggs called ‘pisanki’, and then put them into a basket together with salt, pepper, bread, sausage, horseradish, ham, cheese etc. and some figures of rabbit, chick or lamb. Families take the basket to the church to make it blessed by a priest. Until the basket returns home, nobody can eat anything. The first meal at that day is the blessed food from the basket and a cream soup prepared with that easter eggs. There is rather no tradition of rabbit giving kids sweets or something.
The Easter Morning in Poland is called ‘Śmigus-Dyngus’ or ‘Lany Poniedziałek’ (Wet Monday), because traditionally at that day boys poured water over girls that they find attractive and spanked them with pussy willow (what a name!) branches shouting ‘Śmigus-Dyngus’ (‘Spanked-Drenched)’. That custom symbolized spring cleansing of sins and was a celebration of spring’s arrival at all. But nowadays water is being poured over every passer-by on the street for fun. Nobody is going to be spanked but the ‘Śmigus-Dyngus’ is still being shouted while pouring water at Easter Monday. Every year it is heard about hooligans who throw water over strangers, into cars etc, but the most common victims are the elders who go to the church. Hooligans wait in the front of the church as the mass is finished and pour water over catholics. This year we had really unusual Easter, because winter didn’t go away. Normally it’s warm on Easter, but this time it was really cold and it was snowing (it still is!). I don’t know if really elders coming out from the church was drenched (hit?) with ice, but very similar accident had taken place before Easter, while some hooligans was throwing ice pieces at cars which were travelling through the highway. One of the drivers died. The most unbelievable for me is that sometimes that kids are proud of the fact that they had killed somebody and could run away without being caught.

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