Wet Monday [2]

Wet Monday

Subject: The Polish Calendar of Traditional Customs and Rituals
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 600000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2003-04-16
Issue price: 2 pln
Scene showing boys pouring water at a group of girls, with a well, two cottages, and part of a church in the background, and a semicircular circumscription: ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS above.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. The notation of the year of issue, 20-03, at the sides of the Eagle. Below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ. An inscription on the rim, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (The Republic of Poland) preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark, m/w, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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Wet Monday

Throughout the whole of Poland Easter Monday - also known as lany poniedziałek ("Wet Monday") is a day that cuts a splash. It's the day of the śmigus-dyngus, a playful custom indulged in by one and all, but chiefly children and young people, and consists in the mutual throwing of water on one another.

Originally the names śmigus and dyngus referred to two distinct, ancient customs:

1. Śmigus - striking, thrashing, or merely touching other persons (chiefly girls and young married women) with a green branch, otherwise known as the green or dry śmigus encountered in Northern Poland and in the Cieszyn area of Silesia; or splashing them with water. Both of these varieties of śmigus were believed to foster health, ensure beauty, and bring vitality.

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