Fat Thursday dates
Fat Thursday in Poland History
Tłusty Czwartek in Silesia
A Kraków story
Fat Thursday traditions around the world
Fateful Thursday in France
Fat Thursday Fun Facts:
- Bakeries generally sell several hundred doughnuts a day. However, on Fat Thursday this number rises to tens of thousands.
- According to tradition, a doughnut must have at least 400 calories and be fried in lard.
- The ‘average’ paczek has between 300 and 450 calories.
- In order to burn off those calories, you have to run for 30 minutes.
- The day is immortalised in art and language. One example is the poem ‘Tłusty czwartek’ by Władysław Broniewski
- When the English language separated itself from Germanic, there was pancakes and donuts were the same thing, hence why donuts are more popular in continental Europe during lent, but it’s panckes for the British and Americans.
- The day has also been known as zapusty, mięsopust, karnawał.
- Doughnuts in the United States are called donuts and have a specific hole in the middle, so there’s no filling. Although you can buy deep-friend donut holes!
- Turkish doughnuts, known there as Lokma, are small balls of fried dough soaked (literally soaked overnight) in syrup or honey. These things make pączki look like a salad.
- The Dutch, for a change, eat Oliebollen, which resemble crumpets or Kashubian ruchanki.
- Traditionally, on Fat Thursday, the old Slavs celebrated the departure of winter.
- The earliest doughnuts served on Fat Thursday were not sweet at all. Polish tradition says that you used to fill them with pork fat and sausage.
- On 15 February 2007, Google placed on the homepage of the Polish version of the search engine an occasional logo (the so-called doodle) related to Tłusty czwartek. This was the first time Google’s logo was modified for Polish-speaking users of the tool
Poles abroad celebrate Fat Thursday
Polish dispora sees many people with Polish roots living abroad and creating families in other countries.
Chicago and New York are two of the most Polish cities in the US, with a large Polish community there. Of corse, these Poles, wanting to stay in touch with their roots and homeland, also celebrate Fat Thursday in a traditional Polish way.
A Detroit brewery has even released a pączki-flavoured Vodka:
While the day is embraced by the Polish community, it’s hard for such a food to gain popularity in America’s world of fast-food and high-fructose corn syrup.
The day will continue to be celebrated by Polish communities all over the world, for all the right reasons – tradition!