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The Dyngus Day tradition continues
South Bend Tribune - South Bend, Ind.
Author: Colwell, Jack
Date: Apr 12, 2009
Start Page: D.4
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Dyngus Day took on political flavor decades back because the Dyngusing crowds on the Monday after Easter in the Polish-American neighborhoods on South Bend's West Side provided an opportunity for candidates in the upcoming May primary to meet and greet voters.

The center for Dyngusing as always will be the West Side Democratic & Civic Club, site of Kennedy's triumphant appearance in 1968, as he campaigned successfully to capture Indiana's presidential primary.

For newcomers who haven't heard of Dyngus Day or others who haven't really understood how it all started, let's look back to the roots of Dyngus Day, to 966, when Christianity was embraced by Poland. Mass christenings then are said by Polish historians to have a link to the later custom of dousing maidens with water on the Monday after Easter.

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