Poles indulge with pączki for Fat Thursday
PR dla Zagranicy
Fat Thursday celebrations will see millions of pączki consumed in Poland, with the average Pole set to enjoy 2.5 of the traditional doughnuts on the day.
Pączki. Photo: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz.
Polish pączki are balls of yeast dough that are fried in lard, topped with icing sugar and typically filled with jam or marmalade. The perfect pączek weighs about 55 to 70 grams and contains 400 calories.
They have been the snack of choice on Fat Thursday since the 17th century and, according to superstition, not eating one brings bad luck for a year.
Tłusty Czwartek, or Fat Thursday, is a kind of last hurrah before Roman Catholics welcome Lent, a period of fasting and solemn reflection in the lead-up to Easter.
Fat Thursday can be compared to Shrove Tuesday or pancake Tuesday observed by some in other parts of the world. (vb/pk)