Bakeries throughout the suburbs, particularly those with Polish-American prospects, are getting ready for some of their busiest days of the year—Fats Tuesday, which comes on February 25, in addition to Fat Thursday, February 20, and the times surrounding them.
For instance, Baranowski Bakery & Deli at 9560 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park sells thousands of paczki, a Polish pastry, on Fat Tuesday, in addition to the Thursday before.
Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and has often been called the feast before the fast.
Ash Wednesday is vital for Catholics because it’s the beginning of Lent, a 40-day interval of spiritual preparation before the Easter holiday. Many Catholics live a simple life and give up treats throughout the Lenten season.
According to catholic.org, Ash Wednesday “is likely one of the most popular and vital holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday starts Lent.
For both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, Baranowski stated the bakery receives orders from California and Toronto. People come to the bakery from Michigan and Wisconsin to buy their paczki.
Cajigas added that all of the paczki are made hot and fresh. She said that the bakery will likely be open on Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday from 6 am to 9 pm.