Dyngus Day Bento

Dyngus Day Lunch

The first time I heard of Dyngus Day was when I moved to Western, NY state. Dyngus Day is a Polish-American holiday celebrated the day after Easter. Traditionally, men throw water on women and hit them with pussy willows. The next day women can do the same back. I don’t know if anyone actually does this but Buffalo, NY has a large Dyngus Day celebration with a parade and many events.

I thought it would be fun to make a Dyngus Day themed bento lunch and figure out ways to make pussy willows out of food. I ended up with sweet and savory edible pussy willows.

I bought pussy willows at Wegmans because I wanted to look at real ones while I worked on this bento. In the grocery store a man said to me, “You are Polish!”. I was a little confused at first because I am not Polish and wondered why this random man would think so. Then I remembered the pussy willows in my cart. I responded that my husband is Polish. The man asked if I knew what people did with the pussy willows. I said, “yes” and quickly moved on to do other shopping.

Container: Rubbermaid TakeAlong

Vegetables: Red bell pepper

Fruit: Apple and strawberries (in white Wilton cup)

American Flag: Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread with Fruit Roll-Ups details

Polish Flag: Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread with Fruit Roll-Ups details

White Eagle: Tortilla (Coat of Arms of Poland), used red food coloring for details

Pussy Willows: Pretzel sticks, white chocolate with a little black food coloring (left), cream cheese (right), unsweetened cocoa powder

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17 Responses to Dyngus Day Bento

  1. bentodays says:

    Interesting post, and love how you have done the details.

  2. I didn’t know too and thanks for sharing. I love this bento and all the nice detailings that you added!

  3. Don’t know about this day either, but love ur lovely bento. 🙂

  4. lolarugula says:

    Great story & bento box! I’ve never heard of Dyngus Day before.

  5. Anna says:

    Your pussy willows turned out great!

  6. Me says:

    awesome lunch and neat story!

  7. Jenn says:

    Looks tasty and I learned something new! I love it 😀 Thanks for linking up to Meatless Monday!

  8. Mari says:

    love the story behind the bento. it was very interesting.

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