Dyngus Day Roots

The end of the Easter season also means the start of the political season.

In South Bend that means Dyngus Day!

Monday marks the 77th annual Dyngus Day celebration for the city.

At the West Side Democratic Club they will serve about 600 pounds of kielbasa, 300 pounds of cabbage, and one thousand cases of refreshment. The Club boasts of being the home of the original Dyngus Day celebration.

Dyngus Day is a polish religious holiday that celebrates the end of Lent.

It has also become the unofficial start of campaign season.

“It’s a place where the politicians come speak with the voters to get the vote out candidates come talk to us about their platforms and uh what can we do to make a better community for ourselves,” says Democratic Club President Tim Hudak.

“Easter Sunday is pretty religious in Poland and Easter Monday is a let loose day where you go dancing and go off to the bars and eating food and stuff like that… so it’s really a release from the severity of lent,” says Father Leonard Chrobot.

Several gubernatorial candidates are expected to drum up support on Dyngus Day in preparation for the May primary.


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