What is Fat Thursday in Poland?
Fat Thursday is a tradition of eating as many doughnuts as possible, in 2016 it will be on 4th February.
Fat Thursday is a Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter.
Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals usually not eaten during Lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that day are pączki in Poland or berliner, fist-sized donuts filled with rose marmalade, and faworki, French dough fingers served with lots of powdered sugar.
It is reported that Poles will eat some 100 million doughnuts on Fat Thursday, this translates into more than three doughnuts, about 1, 200 calories, per average Pole. One doughnut weighs around 70 grammes and consists solely of fats and carbohydrates, and this explains the use of the term ‘Fat’ Thursday.
Among bakers and confectioners, Fat Thursday is regarded as one of the busiest days of the year, with many cake shops open from the early hours of the morning after a marathon night of frying doughnuts.