Paczki Day | Paczki Day 2010

Paczki Day - Paczki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday in Poland. Many Polish Americans celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday. Traditionally, the reason for making paczki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Paczki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Paczki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

In Hamtramck, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, there is an annual Paczki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for paczki on Paczki Day[citation needed] The Paczki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick's Day

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