Paczki Day on Feb. 17
Feb. 17 marks a day of festivities and celebrations we call Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.
Fat Tuesday is a day to celebrate and feast before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Although Fat Tuesday’s origins are religious, people from all backgrounds all over the U.S. and Europe partake in the parades, festivals, and traditions associated with this holiday.
One of the most popular traditions is the consumption of delicious fatty doughnuts called Paczki. Pronounced poonch-ki, these rich mounds of fruit or crème filled deep fried dough are a yearly indulgence enjoyed in the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, with the most consumed on Fat Tuesday.
Though these scrumptious treats are too good to put down, you may want to think twice about finishing that box by yourself. Each Paczki contains a range between 290 and 450 calories per pastry depending on where you pick them up; most of those calories coming from the doughnut’s fatty makeup of lard, oil, sugary glaze, and eggs.
SC4 is participating in the Mardi Gras celebrations. Student Government will be giving away free Paczki, coffee, and juice from 8 a.m. until supplies run out.