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I am from the Detroit, MI area originally and I am also of Polish descent (mixed with a bit of other things).
Back home today would be a great day of fun and celebration. People rushing out to pick up their orders of these “healthy” little treats.
So I just wanted to share a little info with you since I am not able to actually get my hands on one of these.....

In Poland, pączki are eaten especially on Fat Thursday (the last Thursday before Lent). Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit  in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic  fasting  practices during Lent.

In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Pączki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

In Hamtramck, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade,[4] which has gained a devoted following. In the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it it wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for pączki on Pączki Day.[citation needed] The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day.[citation needed]
[edit] Pączki in America
Assorted pączki in America

These pastries have become popular in the United States as a result of Polish immigrants and marketing by the bakery industry.

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