This is the last (but not least!) part of Andzia’s trilogy – the skype problem … and the final episode which made me decide to move out from her. Of course it doesn’t mean I hadn’t seen her anymore! There were many, many strange situations connected with Andzia, even after that, but I don’t have as much time as I wish to present all of them. My new roommate was Ola , which neither was boring. She was quite different than Andzia, for sure, but every day when something weird happened I thought ‘I’ll make a comic about it!’
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’m slowly going to tell you why I moved out from Andzia. The heating problem is another reason after the mess (see–> ‘Addicted to Facebook’). It’s not all, but I can say that it’s because of totally different lifestyle.
Of course, as far as I remember I tried to make Andzia dress warmer, but she felt uncomfortable or sometimes… she just forgot to do it… _-_
Oh, right! The Easter is coming! I will upload more Easterish comic after that holiday (if something weird happens, but it everyday does 😉 ). Actually, I can’t celebrate Easter this year, because I have to go to work all holidays long T.T
However I hope all of you, my Dear Followers, will have a great time with your families and friends. I wish you Happy Easter filled with weird things (but in positive meaning) 🙂
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 >:]
In the beginning I should say that this kind of joke is not my style at all (I mean I like rude, even black humour, but I seldom interfere in politics and religion – I’m just not interested in it). I don’t care about new pope, nor about homosexuals, but when I had opened a morning newspaper the day after the pope’s election the big words ‘HE LIKES FOOTBALL!!’ hit me straight in the eye.
‘So what?’ – I thought – ‘Is it the most important information about him?’ and then I had to put glasses on my nose to read more, because other text was so small. T_T <– I tried to imitate that impression in this comic, but not to make it illegible.
Actually, many good things were written about him (if I did care a bit, I’d even like him for some points, but I do not care…) and he seems to be a rather sensible man. However, that one point about homosexuals was really standing out (though the font was small T_T). Not because he is against them (if he wasn’t it would be something new in the Catholic Church and it WOULD be really standing out! ), but ‘Satan’s devilish piece of work’ sounds like words taken straight from the Middle Ages and is not sensible at all. Ok, there are people who are against homosexuals as him, but believing they are ‘devilish seed’ is just more than childish nowadays. Somehow we have made a step forward (witches are not being burned at the stake anymore! yaay!) , but some opinions are pemanent for ages. It made me laugh and I thought that regardless Jesus himself was a gay or not (I don’t care about that), as he was teaching us to love everybody as sisters and brothers no matter who they are, why wouldn’t he love gays the same way?
There is another story which had taken place in Japan in our dormitory. As usual I couldn’t make Andzia clean the room. I ‘ve already tried everything: aksing, begging, threatening and at least I offered her that I’d clean instead, for money. It didn’t work. Andzia tried really hard to make herself do it, but after a while she gave up…