Happy Paczki Day!
Today is Fat Tuesday, or for us Polish folk Paczki Day. Here is a little bit about the History of this glorious doughnut day. Fat Tuesday is that last day of the Mardi Gras carnival. It marks the last day before lent. Here in Michigan, the first Catholic settlers were French, but the Fat Tuesday celebrations of modern times in Detroit stem from more the recent influence of the Polish Paczki Day. Locals flock to the local bakeries of Hamtramck to enjoy the large round Paczki doughnuts filled with raspberry, prune or vanilla cream. The colder climate of Michigan does not lend itself to a Carnival type celebration but the local media outlets do make a spectacle of Paczki day every year. So as I sit here with my coffee and my Paczki I wish you a happy Paczki Day!