Monday, March 24, 2008

Dyngus Day in Syracuse

Never heard of Dyngus Day before? Don't worry, chances are you're not the only one.

The Syracuse Polish Home is working to change that though - with a celebration of traditional food, drink, and entertainment tonight.

The holiday, celebrated in Poland and some parts of the Czech Republic, dates all the way back to the 15th century. Traditionally, boys would run to the home of the girl whom they had a crush on and wake her up by pouring a nice cold bucket of water over her.

Thankfully, this practice never took hold here in the United States, but what did take hold, is partying. Buffalo, NY, in the Western most part of the state, has one of the largest Dyngus Day celebrations complete with dancing, singing, and of course...drinking.

President of the Polish Home Robert Synakowski says his organization can't compete with what Buffalo has to offer, but he does promise a good time.

"We do welcome anybody to come in. We've got a great lounge area I could say, and we've got some great products from Poland - unfortunately, you have to be 21 or older to partake in those wonderful things," Synakowski said.

And those wonderful things include a spread of nearly a dozen Polish beers, as well as an array of Polish vodkas and other hard liquors.

The Polish Home is almost a century old, and it shows. From the dusty pictures dating from the early 1900s hanging on the walls, to the artifacts, maps, and old records lying around - it rivals a historical museum.

The Dyngus Day celebrations will take place at the Polish Home from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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