Tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday) is the Polish name for a traditional Christian feast on the last Thursday before Lent and the celebration of Carnival ( In Poland this season includes Fat Thursday as well as Śledzik, which could be translated to mean herring day, also known as Shrove Tuesday in England. In recent years carnival has become more commercialized and an excuse for intensive partying and nightclubbing.). Tłusty Czwartek is commonly confused with Shrove Tuesday the last day before Lent (Ash Wednesday), which in some countries is known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) also known as Pancake day in England.
On Tłusty czwartek traditionally is dedicated to the eating of sweets, cakes and food which is not allowed during lent. Popular dishes include Pączki, a large donut/doughnut filled with rose marmalade, and Faworki, French dough fingers served with powdered sugar.
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