It’s Miedzynarodowy Dzien Kobiet
Attention men: Do you have your chocolate and/or flowers ready for all the women in your life today? Why? Because today, March 8th, the women receive flowers and gifts from their loved ones. In Poland the International Women’s Day was an official holiday, but was a working day. After the fall of communism, it has been abolished as an official holiday in 1993 by the government led by a woman – Hanna Suchocka, crazy huh?
However, it is still observed in Poland and men and boys buy flowers to their wives, lovers, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, teachers and even women colleagues at work.
So how is this different than Valentine’s Day’s, It is celebrated on March the 8th of each year. Women’s Day is the old Polish version of the Valentine’s Day with the one difference that all women are on the receiving side while all men are on the giving side. While the Valentine’s Day is more privately celebrated between the lovers, the Women’s Day is celebrated more as a national holiday for all women, whether they are 8, or 80 years old.
So what kind of flowers and/or chocolates do you hope to get?
For me tulips and any polish chocolate will do! (hint, hint Jim!)
I know Valentines was almost a week ago but on Saturday at our church we had a Valentine’s Party for the adults. It was small but the nice thing about small parties you really get to have great conversations. BUT the bad thing about small parties is there is LOTS of food leftover. Needless to say, my American cupcakes were a hit with the Polish but then all the food was a hit because they were not used to American cooking. I cooked ham in my crock-pots with a bit of apple juice (which is not eaten over here very often) and another American who is serving a mission for our church here cooked funeral potato’s and corn. Then we played picture Valentine Bingo so there wouldn’t be a language barrier (remember we don’t speak any real Polish yet!), made love coupons, and then played the Newlywed game. If you have never seen the TV version (70’s & early 80’s) of this game you need to Youtube is it is hilarious to watch and even better to play with friends. Yes I got the question wrong of what my husband’s favorite food was. I said pierogi’s when I should have said cheesecake (which is the first word he learned in Polish). But I did know where his dream vacation would be….Australia! It was a great night to send it with our new Polish family that has so graciously welcomed us with open arms to make us feel at home.
The next party I need to plan for church is the Easter party. So what American traditions should I bring to it?
Much like the French Fat Tuesday, Polish Fat Thursday is a day dedicated to big eating. It marks the start of the final week of pre-Lent celebrations. This year, Fat Thursday is Feb. 16. While I am not Catholic who cares! Any excuse to eat a doughnut is good enough for me.
Paczki’s are the Polish version of jelly filled doughnuts. They are a bit lighter than the American version but just as tasty! The reasoning(do we real need a reason to eat these?) is it is said that if you eat one you will have good luck for the rest of the year. So I am wandering, if I eat 2 or 3 what would happen?
The best way to really tell you more about this interesting holiday is from one of my favorite American TV shows, “Sunday Morning”. Here is a clip that talking more about it… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5t9M6vIRs
or if you are feeling really amphibious and what to make them yourself, here is another great Youtube clip showing how to…
Well off I go to the local bakery and get our share of paczki’s! Remember the saying, when in Poland do as the Polish. I think this might be tradition that we have to partake in!!
Well today is the day of love! One of the things we loved about living in the states is the Melting Pot restaurant. When living in the St. Louis area, Jim and I ate more than our share of special days there. Unfortunately the closest Melting Pot is a little more than 4,000 miles from here, so it not like we can just hop in the car and go. Several months ago I ordered the book “Dip Into Something Different: A Collection of Recipes from Our Fondue Pot to Yours.” Which was written by the Melting Pot!!
So tonight we finally brought the Melting Pot to us. We made a swiss cheese and a cheddar cheese fondue. And of course we ate WAY to much and so we are letting our stomachs settle a bit and then we will make some chocolate fondue for dessert!
While it is not the Melting Pot fondue it is pretty darn close! There are 152 pages of recipes of fondue, salads, dips and drinks!! So if you live to far from the Melting Pot like we do and crave some fondue, get this book!
AND…the best part of the book….the coupons for the restaurant! There are 3 coupons.. $15 off, FREE Fondue Gift Pack , and FREE Desert. Well I can’t use them, so you can have them. If you want a chance at them, just leave a comment and I will pick one lucky winner and mail them to you.
I wasn’t paid or compensated for this review of the book.