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Veselé Velikonoce!

every time i think spring is arriving, we get a cold, gray day. such is today....
did i mention the easter tradition here? the men hit the women with sticks? i was told it is to "beat out the winter so spring can come." hehehe


the pomlázka

from a czech cultural site:
Originally, it probably concerned a magic ritual in which only adults participated. It only became a pleasurable diversion over the course of time. Young lads went from house to house looking for girls (later mostly children) with Easter sticks of wicker adorned with ribbons. They flogged the girls and the women in the house with these. They gave congratulations and received painted eggs.
In many villages, it was an age-old custom to lie in ambush for girls early on Monday morning and to whip them so that they would be healthy for the entire year as well as cheerful and above all hardworking. The memoirs of the Prague preacher Konrad Waldhauser, who lived in the 14th century, bear witness to the age-old nature of the Easter whippings and the unaltered form they have enjoyed for centuries. He attests that on Easter Monday and Tuesday spouses and lovers whipped each other with rods and also flogged each other by hand. Those who were sleepy or slothful were supposedly thrown into water early in the morning or at least had water poured over them.

The reward has also changed - money and shots of plum brandy (slivovice) are often given instead of or in addition to painted eggs and candy. So by early afternoon, groups of happy men can be seen staggering along the roads... All that aside, Easter remains one of the most joyful holidays on the Czech calendar.


they also do easter caroling, similar i suppose, to our xmas caroling. eggs are not hidden, but given away. Monday, Pondělí velikonoční, is the day of celebration and the day of the pomlázka, while Easter Sunday, Neděle velikonoční, is the day of preparation. so..tomorrow should be a fun day to venture about. :)
the painted eggs are beautiful.
i am off to the market, but it just crossed my mind that it may not be open. i do hope something is.... need my vices of coffee and cigarettes.

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