easter monday – throw water on someone!

Śmigus-dyngus or lany poniedziałek – this is how we call Easter Monday. Why? Perhaps you have already seen some children playing with buckets full of cold water or other superdupermodern toys like pistols loaded with water and throwing water on other people. There is nothing worse than waking up and being sprayed with cold water by your siblings, parents or your favourite cousine. This is kind of very serious fight. But in happens every Easter Monday since… Good question – since when?

Śmigus-dyngus or lany poniedziałek – asi los polacos llaman el lunes de Pascua. ¿Porque? Pues estoy casi segura que ya habeis visto a algunos ninos corriendo por la calle con unos cubos llenos de agua u otros jugetes con agua que parecen una pistola y echando agua a la gente. De hecho, no hay nada peor que despertarse todo mojado porque tus padres, hermanos o primos se levantaron mas temprano que tu.  ¡Eso es una batalla bastante seria! Pero bueno, eso estamos acostumbrados. El lunes mojado tiene lugar cada lunes de Pascua desde hace… ¿Que buena pregunta! Desde cuando?

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Lany Ponidziełek is originally Slavis custom. It was believed that throwing water at each other is kind of celebrating the spring and fertility. The ritual has nothing to do with Christianity even though we always treat it as a part of Easter. The custom appeared in 750 – two centuries before Christianity was brought in Poland. Wet Monday is a pogan event taken over by the Church.

Culture.pl (webpage I hardly recommend to you – many articles about polsih cultre in English) provides the origins of the custom’s name. To be honest – I had no idea about it before. Discoverning Polish folklore with you is a big pleasure for me. So it is said that: ”Śmigus” refers to the water fight itself, while ”Dyngus” refers to another act, when a girl threatened with water could bribe herself out of the peril by offering a token: a painted Easter egg. The egg would then, in German, have been called a ”dingei” or a ”dingnis” (ransom), which became ”dyngus”. In an original way those two customs – Śmigus and Dyngus were celebrated separately.

Danuta Imielska-Gebethner, source: pinterest.com


“Lany Ponidziełek” es un costumbre eslavo. En espanol podemos llamarlo lunes salpicado, mojado o rociado.  La cerebración significaba la la limpieza primaveral y fertilidad de tierra. La tradición no es cristiana sino tiene las raices poganas – nació 200 anos antes de que el cristianismo era incorporado a Polonia.  El origen del nombre viene de dos palabras ”Śmigus” and ”Dyngus”. El significado esta bien explicado aqui.  :) En los tiempos pasados, “Śmigus” y “Dyungus” eran dos fiestas distintas celebrados separadamente. Para saber mas lea el articulo de Instituto Polaco de Cultura.


source: pinterest.com
source: pinterest.com

I have to admit that the older you are the less enjoyable this cutom is. Nowadays we don’t do it as people on the picture above do. It is a nice play for children and that’s all I guess. I think the name of the costum might have one more significance for adults. Oblewać in Polish means not only throwing water on somobody but also celebrating sometinf with a huge amout of alkohol. What do you prefer fot today? ;)

Hay que mencionar que ese costumbre no es tan divertido cuando se este mas madro. Obviamente la gente no lo practica asi como los de la foto arriba. Creo que el nombre del costumbre puede tener otro significado para los adultos. “Oblewać” en polaco no solo significa tirar un agua a alguien sino tambien celebrar algo con mucha cantidad de alkohol. ¿Que prefieres hoy? ;)


Have a good day!
¡Que tengas un buen dia!




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