Friends... WE ARE LESS THAN 3 WEEKS AWAY FROM DYNGUS DAY!
Because of that, I asked Breaking T to make a special Dyngus Day shirt for all of our friends around the country to wear for their celebration. It pays special respect to the city of South Bend (home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and the strong Polish heritage in that area.
As it goes with St. Patrick’s Day when everyone seems to be Irish, Dyngus Day gets that same type of crowd... the ISH crowd. Everybody’s Polish on Dyngus Day.
If you’re asking yourself right now, “what the hell is Dyngus Day?” you are not alone. In a weird twist of fate, my wife’s family is Polish and yet... I just learned of this last year after 14 years of being together. I was shocked (and a little hurt) because this celebration is right in my wheelhouse.
Traditionally, boys throw water over girls and spank them with pussy willow branches on Easter Monday, and girls do the same to boys. This is accompanied by a number of other rituals, such as making verse declarations and holding door-to-door processions, in some regions involving boys dressed as bears.
Buffalo, New York has probably the country’s biggest Dyngus Day celebration, but South Bend gets LIT with celebrations all over the city (and the area). It’s also a time where political candidates launch their campaign season. Think about this for a second... a U.S. Senator had to physically sign the order form for sausage for South Bend’s Dyngus Day celebration.
So, if you plan on celebrating on Easter Monday in South Bend or wherever you are across the country, do it in style!