Polish Traditions: Wet Monday (Śmigus Dyngus)

Written by on April 5, 2021

One of the craziest Polish traditions is Wet Monday – also known as Śmigus Dyngus! It is an ancient pagan tradition held in Poland on the Easter Monday. On this day, boys try to catch girls by surprise by splashing them with water. It has its roots in old Slavic traditions of throwing water on people in rites meaning to purify them for the arrival of spring. Nowadays, Śmigus Dyngus is often an all-day water battle played out with water pistols, bottles, water balloons thrown from windows, plastic bags, buckets or whatever means are on hand –  even fire trucks have been known to join in on occasion. According to tradition, the girls who end up the wettest are said to be the ones who will get married first.

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