Translated by Herbert Meck  

By Aga Biernacka 

Carnival is celebrated differently in many countries. There are hundreds of customs that have a very long tradition. In Poland, for example, “Fat Thursday” (translated  Tłusty Czwartek) is celebrated. It originally comes from the Catholic tradition and used to mean the last Thursday before the Great Fast. People ate a lot of fatty things, which of course were no longer allowed during Lent. 

Nowadays, it is more commonly associated with the beginning of the last week of  Carnival. All over Poland, people eat a lot of fatty pastries and sweets, especially  doughnuts (pączki in Polish). So don’t be surprised if you can’t find any doughnuts  – it’s Fat Thursday!

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