Do you celebrate “Fat Thursday” a traditional Polish feast? Whether you celebrate or not no one can resist delicious doughnuts. Take a peek at some of our favorite places to get paczki/doughnuts. Watch the video below to find out what’s special about Fat Thursday.
A popular superstition states that if you don’t eat at least one paczek before Lent you will not prosper in the following year. So, in order to help bring prosperity to Las Vegas, PASCLV will make paczki available on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Polish Deli.“Fat Thursday is a traditional Polish feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter. It is similar to, but should not be confused with, the French festival of Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”). Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals forbidden during Lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that day are paczki, fist-sized donuts filled with rose marmalade, and faworki, French dough fingers served with lots of powdered sugar.
Paczki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jedrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of August III, under the influence of French cooks who came to Poland, paczki dough was improved, so that paczki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.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. “
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