Monday, April 13, 2009

Co-opted Pagan Holidays are the Best

How was your Easter Monday? Dry? Did family members simply greet you instead of inviting you outside to see your water bottle? No water bucket traps set on top of doors, right? What's that? You didn't get thrown in a pond? In Poland, Easter Monday is celebrated as śmingus-dyngus, a day where it is OK to throw water on anybody, as if to cleanse the very shame of humanity from them. Or, because it is fun. We tried to find the quintessential Dyngus video on what the kids these days call The You-Tube, but really they are all the same blurry, forced motions involved in any family holiday.