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Erie Celebrates Dyngus Day

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Erie's Polish community is celebrating Dyngus Day.

Cabbage rolls, kielbasa, beer, and the Polka - all signs of Dyngus Day.

"Dyngus Day is just a great day to relax and enjoy the company with all of your friends," said Joe Kublak, an Erie native. "It's a great day of celebration, Lent is over, and you know that spring is here. "

It's a holiday that celebrates a variety of things. One of those things, spring love. Traditionally, Dyngus calls for boys to lightly hit the ladies they liked with pussy willows and splash them with water, and for the girls to retaliate the next day. All to express affection. It's changed a bit with time.

This year's Dyngus Day celebrations in Erie lacked pussy willows due to the harsh winter. The delicate branches are in short supply this year, but it hasn't dampened anyone's spirits or the effort of keeping Polish culture alive.

"We're just trying to keep our traditions going," said Kristen Bheinski, financial secretary of the Polish Falcons Club. "We have the Zabawa in the summer and that's kind of what we're trying to do here today."

"As you can tell by everyone around us, the Polish community is a really tight-knit group, and I think that's to be said everywhere. The Polish community does really come together for things like Dyngus Day," said Alexa Wawrzyniak, 2014 Miss Polonaise and Harborcreek resident.

It's the Falcons Club's 18th year hosting Dyngus Day festivities and this year's celebrations drew more than 300 people - Polish and non-Polish alike.
 
 
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