Dyngus Day Celebration in Michiana

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

It's 5 AM at the Westside Democratic Club in South Bend.

A half dozen people are working to feed hundreds of mouths later in the day.

The reason is because it's Dyngus Day 2007.

It is a time when people, especially of the Polish culture, come together the day after Easter to celebrate the end of Lent.
"Ohh it's just a great time. People come together and enjoy get a chance to talk with local politicians and it's a great tradition in South Bend," Mayor Luecke says.

It is a breakfast that is the unofficial kick off to the campaign season.

Democrats gather at the Westside Democratic Club, Republicans gather at the Mishawaka Republican Headquarters, and Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves as neutral territory.

Of course there is the one thing that always brings people together. Food. Lots, and lots of Polish food.

So what food is traditionally served on Dyngus Day?

You have hard boiled eggs, noodles, cabbage, and sausage, lots if sausage, all 600 pounds of it. "I think it's an amazing thing cause every single pound will be consumed. They'll have wall to wall people here around noon time so it's great fellowship and fun," says Congressman Joe Donnelly.

"Kind of a nice chance to get together, get some momentum, hear the candidates, sometimes folks haven't met candidates yet so it's a nice chance for people to meet them, talk to them and get started on this year's campaign," explains Mayor Jeff Rea.

Regardless of political party views, everyone involved agrees Dyngus Day continues to be packed with good times, good food, and good fellowship.

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