Winona celebrates the Polish holiday Smigus Dyngus

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT)- After being postponed last year, the Smigus Dyngus celebration is back in Winona.

Smigus Dyngus is a traditional Polish holiday where families gather and have fun centered on water games.

Families gathered Saturday at Sobieski Park for a day of huge squirt-gun fights, water paint balls, and coloring contests.

The holiday is usually celebrated in April, but it was pushed back until now because of the pandemic.

Since it’s a water event, organizers say it almost worked out better.

“Smigus Dyngus usually happens the Monday after Easter which in Minnesota can be quite cold and it’s called Wet Monday which means water balloons, squirt guns, and buckets of water. Well, it’s hard to sell in April in Minnesota so for us it actually worked out okay,” said event organizer Michelle Alexander.

The event is free but all of the food and beverage proceeds will benefit the Winona Public Library, which is the event’s co-sponsor.