Dyngus Day Without Pussy Willows?

 

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Here in Buffalo, NY, Dyngus Day is a big event because of our large Polish population.  For those unfamiliar with it, Dyngus Day is the day after Easter.  I don’t participate, seeing as I’m an old married lady, but the way I understand it – if young people chase each other around and spank each other with pussy willow branches, that will insure a happy relationship.

Not in my book – read the above-referenced Wikipedia description of Dyngus Day.  Being dragged out of bed soaking wet and walloped with pussy willows does not seem like a loving relationship to me, but then, I’m just a silly old married lady.

But this year, there is a shortage of pussy willows due to the extreme winter we’ve just gone through (and yes, it is snowing here again today – on Easter Sunday!).

Guess what ?!  I have a pussy willow tree right in my own back yard.

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So I tromped out through the muck and mud yesterday, expecting to find full-blown pussy willows which I could then sell at an outrageous price for the upcoming Dyngus Day celebrations.  Alas, even my tree only has baby buds.

But hey, at least it’s a sign that spring will come eventually.

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!

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And for those who don’t celebrate Easter, but do like pretty pictures, here are some goldfish for you:

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Images by Cordelia’s Mom

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32 Responses to Dyngus Day Without Pussy Willows?

  1. Underdaddy says:

    Ahh yes who doesnt remember being a capricious youth and savagely beating your love with pussy pillows. Those were the Dyngus Days.

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  2. Paul says:

    I’d not heard of Dyngus Day before today. Thank you for the introduction. Do you have fish CM? I am an aquarium enthusiast although i haven’t had the place for one for years now, i used to have many, including a 200 gallon beauty. Happy Easter!

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    • I used to have guppies, but alas, no more.

      These photos were taken at The Grapevine restaurant in Amherst, NY yesterday, which has an enclosed patio with a goldfish pond. Our table was right next to the edge of the pond, and thankfully, I had my trust camera right in my purse.

      That restaurant also has tanks of more exotic fish inside, including small sharks and seahorses! People love to eat there not only for the excellent food and reasonable prices, but also to watch the fish.

      Happy Easter to you, too, Paul.

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  3. It isn’t snowing here, but then again, we have absolutely NOTHING blooming … or even growing. Nothing green yet. It is warming up and we’ve had a lot of rain, so most of the snow is gone, but the earth has not awakened yet. Very late for the beginning of spring!

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  4. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Interesting hearing all of the traditions that different cultures celebrate! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. How will young people ever find happy relationships without spanking one another with pussy willows this year? Doom.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Happy Easter and keep away with that branch please!

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  7. wgr56 says:

    I actually have heard of Dyngus Day, but had forgotten about it until this reminder. Old married lady or not, I wish you the joy of it!

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    • I will enjoy it. I’m actually taking a day off from my day job tomorrow, not because it’s Dyngus Day, but just because I wanted a day off after Easter. Maybe I’ll have time to whip up a couple of new posts.

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  8. I had never heard of Dyngus Day…and on the side of me that isn’t Sicilian? It’s Polish. Next year I am asking for the day off. 😉

    I learned something today, which is pretty good, considering it’s a Sunday AND a holiday, at that!

    Happy Easter and early Happy Dyngus Day!

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  9. adamjasonp says:

    G-rated blog…being spanked by pussy willows sounds suggestive by itself. I was only present for the morning, so Happy Dyngus Day. 🙂

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  10. markbialczak says:

    Polish holiday, another excuse for beer and pierogi, which I’m allowed to say. I never heard of Dyngus Day until I moved to Syracuse. Downstate Poles didn’t celebrate it, I guess. Good idea about making a buck with the pussy willow, Cordelia’s Mom!

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