The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
The tradition of ponczki (or jelly rolls) symbolizes giving up
sweets and the beginning of fasting for the Catholic "lent" period.
The fasting begins on Ash Wednesday, and is preceded by what is
known as "Fat Tuesday." Polish people indulge in sweet, jelly
donuts because it will be weeks before they are allowed to have
sweets. It is seen as a sacrifice and giving up something that one
really enjoys in honor of the Easter Holiday.
|Subject headings:||CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Pre Lent|
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals