dyngus day

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The day after Easter, under usual circumstances, draws thousands of people to venues in Buffalo's East Side and throughout Western New York in celebration of Dyngus Day, the Polish custom marking the end of Lent. But this year, COVID-19 has thrown a bucket of water on the Dyngus Day plans of many venues and their would-be patrons.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Dyngus Day festivities on Monday included Buffalo's Best Kielbasa Contest at the Broadway Market.

Central Terminal Restoration Corporation

Buffalo's historic Central Terminal will be in the limelight Monday night. The annual Dyngus Day Party is the largest in the United States and just one of many scheduled events in the coming months, designed to attract more people to the East Side landmark.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Some might consider the timing a bittersweet irony. Just blocks away from where thousands of Dyngus Day revelers were renewing the annual post-Easter tradition, the hall where the Chopin Singing Society first hosted local Polish celebrations more than half a century ago was quietly being torn down.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It was another glorious ethnic party in Buffalo Monday, as Dyngus Day and its parade rolled through historic Polonia. The East Side party continued well into the night, with lots of Polish beer, red and white, pussy willows and water pistols.

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Western New Yorkers will be out Monday celebrating Dyngus Day, the Polish custom marking the arrival of Easter and the end of the Lenten season. A cherished landmark in Buffalo's East Side, the Central Terminal, will be one of many venues hosting Dyngus Day events. Its caretakers say they are still moving forward to bring new life to the former train station.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thousands of Western New Yorkers, just one day after enjoying Easter Sunday, were out on Monday taking part in Dyngus Day festivities. Inside Buffalo's Broadway Market, the celebrations included a contest to determine "Buffalo's Best Kielbasa."

If Krupnik is your drink of choice on Dyngus Day, don’t count on it being part of the celebrations at local bars and the homes of friends and family. One of the most popular brands of the Polish honey-based grain alcohol has been in short supply – if any at all – at local liquor stores this year.

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Dyngus Day Parade may be this afternoon, but the partying started yesterday.

Pussy willows are a symbol of Easter

Mar 27, 2016

Christians are gathering this Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter marks one of the holiest day on the Christian calendar. Spring flowers are a symbol of the Easter season and as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports so is the Pussy Willow and a Polish tradition.

Lackawanna hosts 'world's shortest' Dyngus Day Parade

Apr 6, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dyngus Day celebrations are kicking into high gear Monday as many Western New Yorkers are celebrating the end of the Lenten season by honoring the Polish tradition. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended the "world's shortest" Dyngus Day Parade in Lackawanna.

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Dyngus Day Parade may kick off today but the party kicked off Sunday night in the heartland of modern Polonia, Cheektowaga, where hundreds celebrated at the VFW Leonard Post on Walden Avenue. 

Pussy willows in short supply for Dyngus Day

Apr 3, 2015
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While thousands of Western New Yorkers are spending their Friday at the Broadway Market stocking up on butter lambs and other traditional Easter holiday foods, one traditional staple is in short supply this year -- pussy willows.

The prevailing colors yesterday on Buffalo's East Side were red and white, under a hazy blue sky.

Western New Yorkers will be throwing plenty of Dyngus Day celebrations all day Monday.  The day marks the end of Lenten season of sacrifice leading to Easter Sunday which Christians follow as the resurrection of the Lord.

Broadway Market packed for Easter weekend

Apr 18, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Thousands of shoppers are made their way to the Broadway Market in Buffalo Friday. People are looking for their Easter and Dyngus Day favorites. The popular market items include meats, breads, baked goods, and butter lambs.

Photo courtesy of WNED's Eileen Elibol

Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

Western New Yorkers celebrate Dyngus Day

Apr 2, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

Many Western New Yorkers made their way to the Buffalo Central Terminal to enjoy Dyngus Day festivities Monday. The Polish-American celebration that marks the end of the restrictions of the Lenten season and is filled with kielbasa, pussy willows, polka music, and dancing.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After 40 days of Lent, many in Buffalo will end their six weeks of self-sacrifice with a big party Monday.  It's the Polish-American celebration of Dyngus Day.

Dyngus Day organizers respond to CNN's Anderson Cooper

Apr 11, 2012
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebrations was referred to as “ stupid” by CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night during his talk show, Anderson Cooper 360. 

Cooper’s segment focused on Buffalo, referring to the city as the Dyngus Day capital of the world.  Cooper featured the long-time, end-of-Lent Polish tradition on his Ridiculist segment, spending several minutes taking jabs at the tradition of eating polish kielbasa, using squirt guns and swatting love interests with pussy willows.