Are you ready for Dyngus Day?

by 24USATVApril 2, 2024, 2:40 a.m. 22
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Area businesses are gearing up for Dyngus Day... A Celebration originating from Poland.

Dyngus Day is a Polish celebration of the March equinox.

Now it’s celebrated the Monday after Easter.

Polish traditions in South Bend are nothing new - especially when it comes to food and festivities.

“I have traditional Kielbasa, which is Polish sausage and if not Polish sausage if you don't have a garlic and the black pepper and the marionca and a mixture of those to bring that robust flavor to it,” said Timothy Hudak.



Those who know them well say the celebrations started small, but really got going nearly 60 years ago.

“And it really got big when Kennedy came to town in the ‘60s. The West Side Democratic Club was the hub of the celebration, and it continued to grow from there.,” said Chris Jaworski.

The street in front of the club has been renamed for the day to Dyngus Day Drive.



Dyngus Day continues to have political ties, marking it the un-official kickoff to campaign season for the Indiana Primaries.

The intersection near the South Bend Elks is now Solidarity Day Drive.

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