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Any "wet" plans for Śmigus-dyngus?


LIDLJUGEND 2 | 34
4 Apr 2010 #1
I remember my cousins dragging a garden hose from their backdoor into the neighbours kitchen window and then turning the faucet on to max. It went wild in their kitchen and EVERYTHING (and everyone) got soaked. But there were no frowns afterwards. After all, it was Śmigus-dyngus.

I live in Sweden, but I'm trying to keep the tradition alive. I'm at my mothers house now, visiting for the holidays. Planning on setting the alarm clock to an ungodly hour tomorrow and giving her a watery wake-up!

Any of you planning any Śmigus Dyngus-schemes?
Seanus 15 | 19,674
4 Apr 2010 #2
I have to resist the obvious temptation ;) ;)

This day has never held any significance for me personally in Poland. Maybe it's time to change that!? A free wet t-shirt competition without a competition ;)
Polonius3 994 | 12,367
4 Apr 2010 #3
Initially the drenching custom was limited to eligible young maidens. In a more citified version, young men would lightlly sprinkle their sweethearts with cologne. Now Polish TV regularly shows hordes of bucket-wielding teenagers prolwing the streets and drenching anyone in sight, pouring waters into buses and trams at stops or cars waiting at traffic lights. The custom has taken on a hooligan twist, Polish police insist.
OP LIDLJUGEND 2 | 34
4 Apr 2010 #4
They're just kids messing around ;)
wildrover 98 | 4,441
4 Apr 2010 #5
I don,t think i would see the funny side if some muppet threw water all over the inside of my car and risked blowing all the electrics , but if i am walking the street and get soaked i won,t complain too much...

I am sure there are those that see this day as an excuse for thuggery and law breaking , but i think its a fun tradition that should continue...

I just hope its a nice warm day tomorow...!
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,594
5 Apr 2010 #6
A free wet t-shirt competition without a competition

No competition, everbody gets wet.. hehe :)
Seanus 15 | 19,674
5 Apr 2010 #7
I know :)
Arien 3 | 719
5 Apr 2010 #8
Unfortunately we don't celebrate this tradition over here, I don't mind it when the girls get wet though!

;)
Seanus 15 | 19,674
5 Apr 2010 #9
I bet you don't, my friend ;)
Arien 3 | 719
5 Apr 2010 #10
You're right, and they don't seem to mind it either..

;)
Polonius3 994 | 12,367
28 Mar 2016 #11
Merged: Mokrego Dyngusa!

TO ALL AND SUNDRY: MOKREGO ŚMIGUSA DYNGUSA!

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Dyngus Day Parade 2015 - Buffalo, New York
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pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #12
in the past, like 100 years ago, pouring crude water onto people on Wet Monday was considered primitive, good for commoners in rural areas.
Polish elites like nobles and even urban residents used to splash the other sex with perfume or at least eau de cologne.
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #13
nobles

Not many of those. 1% of the population. You're maybe confusing them with the middle class (szlachta), around 15% of the population.

No reason they shouldn't pour water or any other non-toxic substance. After all, in Czech they got the young ladies with sticks on Easter Monday.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #14
middle class (szlachta)

Now you are using some socialist terms. Stop it, it is senseless. Szlachta considered themselves and are considered nobles, too. You`d better read some history books. ):):)

The szlachta ,(Polish: [ˈʂlaxta] ⓘ; Lithuanian: šlėkta) were the noble estate of the realm in the Kingdom of Poland, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #15
socialist terms

Middle class isn't a socialist term. Bourgeois is, so I'll use bourgeois.

considered themselves

And each Kaczynski considered himself a great leader.

history books

Yes, the most distinguished Polish historian, Norman Davies, points out the inconsistency with numbers and terminology.
Alien 20 | 4,925
1 Apr 2024 #16
so I'll use bourgeois

I prefer Cru Bourgeois.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #17
considered themselves

I also added: are considered but you prefered to skip it nor comment on the entry I quoted.

Check another description which suggests that szlachta is the same as nobles:

Ranging from the poorest landless yeomen to the great magnates, the szlachta insisted on the equality of all its members.

Don`t thank me for educating you, it is my pleasure. :):):)
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #18
are considered

By some.

They were mostly just fairly ordinary people. Very few of them were nobility or anything like it.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #19
By some.

Also British historians. And I don`t mean Davies. :):):)

They were mostly just fairly ordinary people

But we are talking about formal denominations, not factual condition. Szlachta was nobles and you can`t turn the tide back. :):):)
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #20
Davies

He's Polish now.

formal denominations

I.e the right to vote. Our bourgeoisie had that too.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #21
the right to vote.

Now you are obfuscating. :):):)
All in all, you made a silly mistake with that szlachta not being nobles. Never mind. I am happy to be of help. Polish history is my hobby.
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #22
All in all, you made a silly mistake

All in all, you made a silly assertion.

They weren't in any sense nobility.

At best, a traditionally privileged caste who degenerated quickly.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #23
w nobility.

It is amassing you are still sticking to your erroneous views. Are Brits as stubborn as Poles/Polesses??? :):):)
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #24
you are still sticking to

The accurate description of them.

Polesses

No such thing
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #25
No such thing

There is coz we are using the word. Ha!!!
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #26
It sounds like less PO
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #27
And Warsaw sounds like war saw. And???? Shall we stop saying Warsaw??? :):):)
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #28
war saw

Because it did.

There's a poem about that.

More or less PO depends on the voters next time.
pawian 222 | 24,343
1 Apr 2024 #29
There's a poem about that

Yes!!! And there are thousands of poems about Polesses! Do you remember even one??? :):):)

depends on the voters next time.

Exactly!!!! Polesses as voters are a force you need to respect!!!

It seems my education bears fruit in you. hahahaha
jon357 74 | 21,980
1 Apr 2024 #30
Polesses

Non-existent things.


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