Today is known as Fat Thursday—the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. This holiday is primarily celebrated in Poland and Germany. It is similar to Fat Tuesday, but involves the eating of large quantities of sweets, cakes, and other confections—including berliners which are large donuts with rose marmalade filling.
Perhaps more important is the Italian celebration of Giovedi Grasso that is more similar to the Greek custom of Tsiknopempti—Barbecue Thursday. Yes, today is the official day to consume copious amounts of barbeque. Strouds or Mickey Roos, anyone???