Pączki – Just how do you pronounce those jelly-filled doughnuts?
It is an old Polish tradition to eat pączki on Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday), which is the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. In America “Pączki Day” is celebrated five days later, on Tuesday. They have been made in Poland since at least the Middle Ages in order to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit in the home before Lent started. Afterwards, these foods were not allowed to be eaten as part of the Catholic Church’s fasting requirements until the celebration of Easter.
Over the years we have been asked by guests exactly how to pronounce these beloved fruit or cream filled desserts. In America there seems to be several ways people say them, which causes confusion, and even frustration in Polish speaking areas that hear news reporters confidently pronouncing them wrong. Continue reading