Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Paczki (Poonchkey) Day
Susan at the New Palace Bakery in Hamtramck has been boxing up and serving pączki all day and still has a smile on her face. Pączki are deep fried pieces of dough stuffed with sweet fillings. Customers were lined up to get their pączki for their Fat Tuesday celebrations. In the early 1900's Hamtramck was predominately inhabited by Polish immigrants. In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Lent). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during lent. Whatever the reason, we throw a party on Mardi Gras Day in Detroit and love our pączki. What a great tradition.