October 17th Sweetest Day

Okay, so like we needed another excuse to eat more candy and sweets. Well, add the third Saturday in October as another reason to celebrate something sweet to eat. The day was created by Herbert Birch Kingston in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. This day originally was created to get sweets to those who could not afford them but as with most well intended ideas, it found a life of its own. So it’s sort of a mini Valentine’s Day today with the exception that it includes all kinds of sweets, not just candy.

How to celebrate – Give something sweet to someone you love. Provide something sweet to those who cannot afford them. Make someones life sweeter.

The day after Easter – Dyngus Day (Smigus Dyngus)

What is a Dyngus you may ask? Well, I would answer, probably one of the most bizarre holidays celebrated in the world.

Here at Unboxing the Bizarre, this of course, is our kind of holiday!

Guys, have you ever agonized over your pick-up line – well apparently the Polish men did too, so they decided rather than say something stupid, they would just pour a bucket of water on the woman that they admired. Ya, right – I think I would rather have a corny pick-up line than be soaking wet and cold – but hey, that’s just me.

Smigus Dyngus as it is known in Poland, also called Wet Monday, dates back to at least the 14th Century and possibly as far back as before 1000AD.

Now mind you, I know that this is a custom and tradition – but what the heck??? It sounds a little creepy – boys sneaking into girls bedrooms, dousing them with water, then chasing or kidnapping them – bed and all – to dunk in a river or lake. The pretty girls had this horror bestowed on them multiple times in a day. But wait, it doesn’t stop there – they were then swatted on the bottom with pussy willow branches! (you can’t make this stuff up).

But not to despair too much, the girls get their revenge on Wet Tuesday! Kind of makes me think of the image from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney of the women chasing the men with rolling pins or brooms (I have to admit though, if some guy snuck into my room nowadays while I was sleeping, I wouldn’t wait until the next day to get revenge or to chase him out, and believe me,  I would be wielding more than a broom or rolling pin – just sayin’):

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But I digress – back to Dyngus Day…

If you want to celebrate in a big way – you can attend the Huge Annual Smigus Dyngus celebration in Buffalo, New York (which is now a week long celebration), or in other cities such as Cleveland, Ohio, and South Bend, Indiana.

Or you can stay home and celebrate these non-water soaking ways:

Grab a cold Krupnik with a buddy – Well, normally you could have a Krupnik, but it seems as though there may be a shortage this year so you better hurry to your local pub or liquor store quickly to partake

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Cook and eat some authentic Polish Food – Pierogi Time!!!

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Learn to Dance the Polka Hop!

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