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The Polish Carnival season includes Fat Thursday (Polish: Tłusty Czwartek), when pączki (doughnuts) are eaten, and Śledzik (Shrove Tuesday) or Herring Day. The Tuesday before the start of Lent is also often called Ostatki (literally "leftovers"), meaning the last day to party before the Lenten season.
The traditional way to celebrate Carnival is the kulig, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered countryside.
The kulig was a sleigh ride party organized among the Polish aristocracy. Kuligs usually began the week before Ash Wednesday and continued right up until midnight of Ash Wednesday, when all good times were supposed to stop. https://goo.gl/9iQqDR
Some Americans celebrate Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In Poland, however, festivities begin almost a week earlier, on Fat Thursday. Poles say that the festivities start earlier to give them more time to enjoy the last days before Lent, which strictly forbids loud parties and meat dishes. In truth, "Tłusty czwartek” started in Poland long ago when Thursday was the traditional day for over-eating before Friday’s fast. On Tłusty czwartek, Poles stuff themselves with “pączeks” while on the following Tuesday, known as Fat Tuesday throughout the world and the last day before the official start of Lent (Ash Wednesday), Poles dance and party to burn off calories and have fun before the lenten season of abstinence.
On Shrove Tuesday, young men dressed up in animal costumes (as a goat, a bear being led on a straw rope, a horse or a stork) and, along with a variety of other masqueraders, they would parade through the village, accompanied by music....Sometimes, people would dance until dawn, or someone would bring out a large herring and sing a song of good-bye to meat and carnival time. (https://goo.gl/9iQqDR)