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Day After Easter Day - Dyngus Day

Dyngus Day or Wet Monday (Polish ┼Ümigus-Dyngus or lany poniedzia┼éek) is the name for Easter Monday in Poland. In the Czech Republic it is called velikono─Źn├ş pond─Ťl├ş or poml├ízka. In Slovakia ve─żkono─Źn├Ż pondelok (Easter Monday) is called ┼áiba─Źka/Polieva─Źka or Oblieva─Źka. too. All countries practice a unique custom on this day. In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic[1] traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches; however, the earliest documented[citation needed] records of Dyngus Day in Poland are from the 15th century, almost half a millennium after Poland adopted Christianity. One theory is that Dyngus originates from the baptism on Easter Monday of Mieszko I (Duke of the Polans, c. 935ÔÇô992) in 966 AD, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. Dyngus and ┼Ümigus were twin pagan gods; the former representing water and the moist earth.

04/25/2011 5:11AM
Day After Easter Day - Dyngus Day
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