Dyngus Day, or Wet Monday (Polish Åšmigus-Dingus or lany poniedziaÅ‚ek) is the name for Easter Monday. Historically a Polish tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the observance of Lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions. In Cleveland specifically, our goal is to not only make this a Polish Cultural festival, we also want to celebrate our Polka Heritage as well as the other Eastern European cultures still thriving in Cleveland.
Tens of thousands come to celebrate Dyngus Day in the western neighborhoods of Cleveland – Gordon Square Arts District, Hingetown, Ohio City and Tremont. The headquarters of the festival in the Gordon Square Arts Neighborhood boasts an outdoor stage with live music all day, ethnic Polish food and of course, piwo! The Dyngus Day parade and the Miss Dyngus Day competition are events that should not be missed!