Paczki Day 2010: Facts, Traditions, And Recipes For Paczki Day, Fastnacht Day And Fat Tuesday

04/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Jul 23, 2011

It is Paczki Day today, Feb. 16, 2010 - also known as Fastnacht Day and Fat Tuesday.

Paczki Day is a Polish tradition in which people use up lard, sugar and eggs in preparation for Lent, which begins the day after.

Paczki (pronounced POONCH-key), or pączek, is described by as follows: "A round Polish pastry similar to a doughnut, usually filled with fruit and topped with sugar or icing."

Paczki Day is particularly popular in American cities with large Polish populations such as Chicago, Buffalo, and Detroit.

Celebrations are being held across the Midwest to honor the day and local bakeries are making extra paczki to accommodate Paczki Day.

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