Many people, many pastries.
Are you participating in Paczki Day? The sheer volume of pastries stacked up at Ingram's Busy Bee Bakery this morning would suggest just about everyone is. If you picked up some Paczkis this morning, what kind did you get and how many did you buy?
Pączki in any language means delicious.
Friday, February 17, 2012
If you observe Lent, then you most likely have started the countdown to Feb. 22—Ash Wednesday and the beginning of 40 days of fasting, or the very least, giving up sweets until Easter. The little time left—called Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnevale or Fasnacht in parts of the world—will be celebrated with partying and indulgence until the last second of Fat Tuesday, which ends at midnight Feb. 21. A Polish tradition is to celebrate the last six days of Carnival, known as zapusty, beginning on Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) when pączki (fried doughnuts) are eaten. In America, pączki can be found in Polish bakeries this week, with the big day, not this Thursday, but next Tuesday: Pączki Day, Feb. 21. The pronunciation varies. Some say POHNCH-kee…