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Wow - just when you think you've heard it all, along comes Dyngus Day! I'm half Irish and half Swedish, so that's completely out of my orbit. Thanks for this post, Elizabeth - as they say on South Park, "I learned something today!"

I suggest that Dyngus Day be moved to coincide with Pulaski Day on the first Monday in March. This would reduce the danger of early pussy willow bloom and raise awareness of the great hero Casimir Pulaski. Also, Pulaski Day is an officialholiday (schools closed, etc) in Chicago and Cook County.

Can't imagine that the pussywillows often do cooperate with Dyngus Day given that it depends on the fickle scheduling of Easter Sunday. I mean, some years Easter actually does arrive this early (I think March 23rd is the earliest possible date). Other years, we have to wait until the end of April for the Easter Bunny. That's a lot of pressure to put on a plant, especially when it's getting all of the signs that Spring has indeed arrived. Like trying to schedule puberty, I would think.

Never heard of it!
Anything for fun I guess.

Best blog post title ever! And "gentle lashings with pussy willow branches"....I'm putting that one in my Stuff Gardeners Actually Said/Wrote file...wait'll you see THAT collection!

Never heard of Dyngus Day. Sounds like a spring lark!

As long as I get to eat pierogi and a panchki, I'm good.

I've read that sprinkling water on girls on Easter Monday is traditional in Hungary. One source said that originally it was sometimes pails of water from the well. Water pistols and pussy willows sounds nicer.

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