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Fat Thursday
January 30, 2008   
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Whereas many countries celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) before Lent, Poland has tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday).

The traditions date back to Roman times. The last days of the carnival in ancient Rome were a time of partying and lots of eating and drinking. In those days, everyone loved fatty foods.

Doughnuts appeared in Poland in the 19th century. As the proverb goes, those who do not eat a p±czek (doughnut) on that day will have bad fortune. The average Pole eats two and a half doughnuts on Fat Thursday, and nearly 100 million are consumed throughout the country on that day.

In the old days, p±czki were mainly eaten in central Poland. In the southern region of Małopolska, deep fried pastries known as faworki were popular, and in the eastern Podlasie region bałabuchy, or wheat cupcakes topped with lard, were consumed. People tried to eat lots of delicious food as well as dance and party before Lent.

Fat Thursday marks the beginning of the end of the carnival, which this year ends Feb. 5, with Fat Thursday falling on Jan. 31.

MR

Good doughnuts can be ordered on www.embassy.pl
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