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.
I think this one is much more in my style and somehow I like this story (maybe because it’s about me 😛 ). I know that Women’s Day was on 8th March, I really wanted to upload it earlier, but the pope election seemed to be more important.
The Women’s Day in Poland is celebrated a little like the Mother’s Day and the Valentine’s Day mixed together. Most of us don’t remember that originally it was held because of the feminists and their fight for women’s rights, so that day was established to thank and respect women.
Nowadays, Polish men are ‘complaining’ that they want similar day for them. Actually, there is the Boy’s Day on 10th September, but it’s mostly celebrated by teenagers and to tell the truth it’s not so popular as the Women’s Day. You know, if you forget about your boyfriend, he eventually forgive you, but if you forget about your girlfriend she will kill you 😉 What is more, adult males don’t celebrate it, because they don’t consider themselves as boys…
The Men’s Day was established in Trinidad and Tobago (Middle America) mainly to give some gender balance and highlight positive role of males in our society. However, there is no tradition of celebrating this day in Poland, but some media are trying to make it celebrated, so the date of 10th March was offered. The date is not accidentally chosen, because the Polish Catholic Church celebrates the memory of the 40 Holy Martyrs from Sebasty on that day! — remember, if it’s Poland and you don’t know what the reason of something is, it always has something to do with the Church 😀
I don’t think the Men’s Day would be so popular as the Women’s Day is. Of course, men should be respected, because the society owes to them a lot, our world wouldn’t be the same without them, but it hasn’t such strong origin and males had their rights from the very beginning (in mooost countries) so there’s nothing new, nothing to commemorate. Oh sorry, I forgot! There is! – the 40 Holy Martyrs from Sebasty! I feel really sorry for the Polish men >:]
I don’t know if translation is correct, but I think this comic needs an extra explanation.
An androgyne is a person, who has got a combination of both sexes, or a lack of both. Not always has something in common with hermaphroditism. It can be even a person who does not think about herself/himself as a man, nor a woman, sometimes it’s a person who doesn’t care if looks like a girl or a boy, because every option is ok for her/him. I don’t know much about them, but I’ve heard recently they are very popular, especially in the world of fashion.
What is more, for long before it was heard about the androgynes, there’ve been many subcultures, which were ‘fighting’ with others. Today we have metals (heavy-metal fans), emos (who tend to be sad and cut themselves with the razor blades) and etc… In Poland there is one, very troublesome subculture, called ‘dresy’ (literally ‘track-suits’), but they are a little similar to English ‘chavs’. They use bad words, devastate a public property and seem to be not very intelligent. They also tend to hate the police and slogans such as ‘F*** the police’ or ‘D**k in the police’s a**’ are characteristic for them.
Ok, why toilets? In my country weird things often happen, you know ^^ Once, there were only feminists fighting for their rights, but now everybody does. Sometimes it is really reasonable, but sometimes people ask for stupid things just to feel special. It was true that some androgynes in Poland wanted to have the separate public toilets, because they don’t feel woman, nor man. I just thought it’s funny and decided to create a comic, where everybody wants a separate toilet only for people similar to them. If it really happened, there’d be sooo many toilets, that most of people wouldn’t know where to go 😛
This is a story, which should be made in the beginning of January, but I’ve heard this just recently. It refers to Polish holiday named The Three Kings’ (there is an explanation on the bottom of this comic). Due to the tradition (ok, Polish x Christian tradition!) we are supposed to write C+M+B on ours front door. It has two meanings. First, because of the three kings’ names and second is ‘Christus Mansionem Benedicat’ (‘Christ Blesses This House’). But actually, most of Polish Christians are too lazy (or too bigotish??) to wash the door after that holiday, so you can see that initials the whole, long years.