Poles across the country will be consuming millions of doughnuts on Thursday (23.02.) to celebrate “Fat Thursday”, traditionally celebrated in the last week of carnival. This tradition goes back to the 17th century.
Traditionally, on Fat Thursday, Poles feast on sweets mainly comprising of jam-filled doughnuts, in Polish known as “pączki”, as well as strips of crispy pastry dough, in Polish known as “faworki”.
Fat Thursday is regarded as one of the busiest days of the year among bakers and confectioners with an estimated 20 times higher demand for pączki than on any other day of the year.
In Łódź, Paczki will be available at most food selling stores throughout the city. It is common that employers treat their staff to a variety of sweets on fat Thursday.