Apr 17 — Annual Dyngus Day Dinner

It’s called Smingus Dyngus, and it’s the Monday after Easter Sunday.

Tradition is to soak everyone with water. It comes from the Pagan custom of welcoming spring by washing away impurities, but has since been combined with the Christian baptism.

Recently made popular in Buffalo NY, our Miata Club tradition is still evolving. But it includes at a minumum, dinner out at Cajun Steamers in Franklin in the Cool Springs area. We promise… the only thing we’ll be sprinkling will be some spirits in to glasses to toast good friends, good food, and good roads! Not sure how the Cajuns got involved.

Formerly, the post-Easter festivities involved a week of secular celebration, but this was reduced to one day in the 19th century. vents include egg rolling competitions and, in predominantly Catholic countries, dousing other people with water which, at one time, had been holy water blessed the day before at Easter Sunday Mass and carried home to bless the house and food.

Though not largely observed in the United States the day remains informally observed in some areas such as the state of North Carolina the state of North Dakota and the city of Buffalo, New York. Traditionally Polish areas of the country such as South Bend, Indiana and Chicago observe Dingus Day as well. A holiday, along with Good Friday in most of Canada (and many other Commonwealth countries). Along with Good Friday, Easter Monday is a Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom (except Scotland), making a four-day weekend.

The truth be known, a few years ago, a few of us were just out for dinner at one of our favorite Cajun restaurants, reminiscing about the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans. Someone (I think Bill Fairman)  mentioned that it was Dyngus Day — more well-known in the North. We decided that it was as good an excuse as any to get together for good times and great food with friends. And ever since then, Dyngus Day is Cajun food day for us!

So come join us at 6:30pm at the Cajun Steamers 1175 Meridian Blvd Ste 108, Franklin, TN 37067. If you are planning on joining us, please let Phil Matisak know at so he can ensure we have adequate reservations. Email Phil for any other questions, as well.

Let’s wash away the memories of a long, hard winter. Let’s celebrate Spring. Let’s eat!

Happy Dyngus Day to All!

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