Happy Dyngus Day

So how much do I love it that my step-sister, Tracy just sent me the following email:

Hey Karyn... Today is Dyngus Day in Buffalo. It's a Polish/Buffalo celebration. Men go around hitting women with pussy willows to flirt with them. Sounds fun, huh? For some reason this seemed like something you'd appreciate.

Okay, first of all, Dyngus Day? It sounds like a mix between dingleberry and dufus—I love it!

Second of all, pussy willows?


From Tracy's blog post today:

Every Easter, when my in-laws leave our house to return to Buffalo, they wish us a Happy Dyngus Day. I've asked my husband about Dyngus Day, and he gives me vague explanations of people hitting each other with pussy willows.

I mean, how fabulous is that? And yet, there's still more...
The annual celebration is held in Buffalo the Monday after Easter. On Dyngus Day, men and boys flirtatiously swat women and girls with pussy willows and squirt them with squirt guns.

Yep. Not only are there pussy willows-a-plenty, but people get wet, too.

Omg, I can't believe something like this exists. And I can't believe I'm not there.

Oh! And check this out from the official Dyngus Day Buffalo website:


Yes, "Brought Together By Dyngus, Couple Married During a Pussy Willow Filled Ceremony."

I can't tell you how happy this has made me. They need a Dyngus Day Queen. Does anyone know if they have one? I'm going to campaign for the position next year.

To thank Tracy for bringing Dyngus Day to our attention, please vote for her in this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off. You do remember she's a finalist, right? Yes, out of the tens of thousands of people who entered this year's contest, she's been chosen to be one of 100 finalists. The big contest is in April; here's a link to her recipe, Jalapeño Popper Cups.

They look good, don't they? And they are!

You have to register to vote, but it's the least you could do for the woman who has no doubt brightened your Monday.

Thank you, Tracy!