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Easter in Slovakia






Easter is a very popular holiday in Slovakia. They celebrate many traditions in the villages and make special meals. Let's see the most common Easter traditions in Slovakia!

Many cities offer Easter markets with traditional goods and meals, where people can prepare for this holiday. Easter preparations usually start days before Easter. People go shopping and baking delicious traditional meals. The festive meal is always the same: cooked ham, potato salad with mayonnaise, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs and vegetables, but home made alcohol is also on the table.




On Easter Monday men across Slovakia took buckets, filled them with ice-cold water and splashed the girls at their houses. They also spanked them with braided whips decorated with colourful ribbons that they call „korbáč”. In return, women gave something for men, for example decorated eggs, sweets, money, alcohol or cakes.




 
People believed this brings beauty and health to the females. This tradition have been changed over the years, but sprinkling have remained very popular, just water bucket replaced with parfumes or a cup of water. In some villages, you may still see men, who loyal to the old traditions, dressed in traditional folk costumes and visit every house in the area.


The truth is that Easter in Slovakia is loved by men, and hated by women, but it is absolutely a great holiday and we have the opportunity to visit some events in the country.




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