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And it's Fat Thursday already!

Did you know that Fat Thursday is a part of the carnival season? The carnival period, also known as "zapusty," begins on the Feast of the Epiphany and lasts until Ash Wednesday, also known as Popielec. Although celebrated in most European countries, it varies significantly in terms of form and customs. In Poland, the main attraction of the carnival is primarily the carnival ball, where participants dress up as various characters. Currently, this tradition is mainly practiced in Polish kindergartens and schools, where children creatively come up with their costumes.

We also can't forget about the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated on January 6th, which marks the beginning of this colorful time of celebration. In Poland, this day is a public holiday, and processions of the three kings, marching through the main streets of cities to the main square, are organized to commemorate this occasion.

Another interesting tradition, once practiced only by the nobility, is the "kulig," a ride through the forests on large sleighs. In noble times, the kulig was accompanied by music and lit torches. Nowadays, this tradition is rarely encountered, mainly as a tourist attraction in Polish villages and mountains.

The climax of the carnival is Fat Thursday when it is traditional to eat at least one doughnut to bring luck and prosperity for the coming year according to beliefs. In addition to doughnuts, "faworki" cookies are also popular, thin, elongated cookies in the shape of twisted ribbons.

The last three days of the carnival, known as "ostatki," are a period of intense celebration that ends on Ash Wednesday. On this day, priests in churches sprinkle the heads of the faithful with ashes, symbolizing the beginning of Lent, lasting 40 days until Easter.

Actually, my favorite treat for today is "faworki," but I won't say no to a doughnut either. And You, how many doughnuts have you eaten so far?

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