Velikonoční vajíčka

EASTER

Easter is the climax of religious, especially Christian holidays. It takes place in March of April, depending on the first spring full moon. The beginning of Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon, therefore it can be any time between March 23 and April 26.


Easter 2013: 30.3. – 1.4. (Easter Sunday falls on the April Day)


April Day (or April Fools Day) is a holiday adopted from abroad. The day is connected with jokes and pranks that one can play on his friends and relatives to make fun of them.


Pomlázka

EASTER is the reminder of the biblical message about Crucifiction, death and Resurrection of the Mesiah Jesus Christ. The Czech term „Velikonoce“ is derived from „Velká noc“ which translates as „great, awesome night“ – referring to the events that happened as recorded in the Bible. Easter is also a celebration of the coming spring and is connected with many traditions, some of which are still being observed by Czech families.

The Easter Monday morning men (especially in the villages) go from house to house with a decorated whip which is made of woven willow twigs (pomlázka in Czech). They recite Easter carols and then they whip the women of the house so as to make sure the women „dont dry up“. This spring whipping supposedly has rejuvenating effects.

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The girl and women repay the men with Easter eggs. These eggs (kraslice in Czech) are hardboiled or just an empty egg shell, decorated by using different techniques. The caroling men can also use a ratchet, the sound of which was heard instead of the bells in the lent period. The last day of lent is the Easter Monday when spring officially begins.

In many families a cake in form of an Easter lamb is served alongside with chocolate buns as a symbol of happiness. Despite the fact that most of the families is Czech republic are atheist, these traditions nevertheless continue to be observed.


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