Lack of sun negatively impacts Dyngus Day tradition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo is the home of many things, but the cold city has not been the home of sunshine over the past month. Some say that will negatively impact another Buffalo staple — Dyngus Day.

Experts are saying the lack of sun is impacting the Dyngus Day tradition of pussy willows trees. Polish residents who celebrate the holiday typically carry pussy willow branches around and hit each other with them.

The trees are blooming later in 2015, impacting how many are available to grocery store owners. One merchant who sells branches at the Broadway Market says she has noticed a huge difference in supply.

“We need some days with sunshine and a little bit of heat, not even so much heat as sunshine, and they weren’t even starting as of last week,” Daria Parker, a Broadway Market merchant, said.

Parker said the few she did have in stock didn’t start blooming until this week. She says the best time to harvest the branches is when the buds begin opening.

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