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Pączki Day commemorates Fat Thursday with tasty pastry and Polish tradition

by Taryn Galbreath
Feb 27, 2014

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A baker prepares the dough that will be separated into "mini-packzis" in celebration of Fat Thursday.

The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is known as Fat Thursday to Polish Christians. Many of them also know it as Pączki Day. Pączki (POHNCH-KEY) is a delicacy that's a sweet treat before Lent. And Polish bakeries in Chicago saw brisk business on Thursday.

 According to the Polish Genealogy Project, Pączki Day has been celebrated since the middle ages to commemorate Shrove Thursday, the week before Lent begins.

 The Polish American Association in Chicago sold paczki as a fundraiser. And in the video report above, the Oak Mill Bakery, which specializes in European baked goods, shares how the traditional doughnut-like pastries are prepared.