with delay, but… I hope you had a great Easter time. This year it did not feel as we have Easter to be honest. It felt like just longer weekend with horrible weather. And something completely “not Eastery” what we did was chocolate fondue with fresh fruit! Delicious, but I do not want to see chocolate probably the rest of the year 😀
However, I want to share with you how Czech traditions look like as I think they are completely different and unique. Have you know that Czech Republic is one of the top countries with the biggest number of citizens classified as atheists?
Let me quote some information from www.indipendent.co.uk:
A perhaps surprise third contender for least religious countries in the world, the Czech Republic has some 30 to 39 per cent of citizens who classify as atheists. The weak support for traditional church religion could be the legacy of strong Czech nationalism throughout the 19th and 20th century. Catholicism was seen as an Austrian import and was discouraged by the state, with Protestantism never really managing to fill the gap, according to historians. The country’s communist past also suppressed the revival of any religion, spanning from 1948 to 1989.
So therefore, I believe Easter is not really a religious tradition over there in these days. In the past yes, nowadays – it is connected with a great number of traditions and Spring celebrations 🙂 In cities are less respected, but in villages and regions with strong folklore traditions (such as Moravia region) they are still very lively. Individual days in the Holy week have their special names – Ugly Wednesday, Green Thursday (and this is now related in Brno with drinking of green beer 🙂 ), Good Friday and White Saturday. One of the traditions contains include “the departure of bells to Rome” where the bells are last heard on Green Thursday and silenced until Easter Sunday.
The Easter celebration itself is mainly Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. And let me tell you mainly about Easter Monday as it has influenced me the most from all these days. Btw. I am not counting Green Thursday when at University we went with friends to pubs (I used to live and study in Brno) and enjoyed green beer 🙂
So… Easter Monday. It is the day of fun and fun, where boys walk around the village during the morning to whip the girls in a spell to make them healthy and merry all year round. Boys tend to make their own “pomlazka” for that purpose – it is actually knotted young willow rods embellished with bows. I attached some pictures, so please have a look 🙂 Couple of them from famous painter Josef Lada.
Sooo, when boys have done their job… they get a reward from girls – nicely painted eggs, Easter eggs which are prepare usually day ahead. There is lot of techniques to do so and every region has different ones. Many times real piece of art!!! I am showing some pictures which I found on Internet, so I cannot take any credit for these, but I used to make every year similar ones 🙂 Nowadays, you can give a chocolate eggs, some sweet treats or for bigger ones – shot of slivovice 🙂
When I was a kid, I was not a big fan of this tradition… as I did not see fair why do I need to be whipped! Or… in Slovakia together with that “refreshed” with cold water. Basically, boys can throw you in a water, pour water on you with exactly the same meaning. And that happened to me all those years as my family is partly Slovakian. My grandpa tend to woke up all boys very early, whipped me and afterwards throw me in very shallow mountain stream in the morning. Can you imagine how cold was it? 😀 Well… a lot!
This tradition has nice meaning behind and I do like it… It is part of Czech culture and kind of unique and should be definitely kept. Mainly when you see people with nice folklore clothes (I used to have dress as well). Maybe next year, when in Czech Republic, I will post a “photo post” about it 😉 ❤
Vero & little Canito