The Easter season in Poland ends on Monday when the traditional "Dyngus-Smigus" custom is observed. It is a humorous Easter time custom. The young people break the solemnity of Easter by a burst of frivolity. They visit from house to house singing songs, playing pranks and merrymaking.
After getting the girls out of their houses, the boys douce them with water. The girls reciprocate in kind. In cities this custom is practiced with more gentility, by using a sprinkle of water or fragrant cologne. The origin of this custom is unknown. Some say it is a pagan tradition handed down from the earliest settlers in Poland. Others assert it is a reminder that the sinner has been washed clean in the blood of Christ, newly risen from the dead.
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