Today Poland and Germany celebrate the last Thursday of Carnival before Lent begins. Here in Poland the day is called Tłusty Czwartek while German friends call it Fetter Donnerstag. Before the time for Lent fasting will come we have this opportunity to feast and have fun. Then we’ll have to wait for more fun until Easter. I know some other countries like Italy, Spain and France have some similar events but they’re not as much rooted into a national tradition as here.
What’s the main goal of Fat Thursday? It’s simple. You don’t count callories that day and eat as many sweets, cakes as you wish. Everything is approved as most of those delicious food shall be avoided during Lent. On Fat Thursday families gather at home, friends meet in cafes and they eat cakes. The most popular in Poland are pączki (shown above left). Pączek is a traditional Polish donut filled with rose marmelade. Then we have faworki (shown right) – those are fried fingers made of French dough served with lots of powdered sugar. Don’t they look delicious?
Extreme sweet lovers can eat around 20 pączki that day. There are even competitions on who eats more. 2-3 pączki and some faworki is enough for me. Have a sweet Fat Thursday!