Proably First calm Easter in my life or what's your traditions????

@laurika (4537)
United States
March 20, 2008 9:19pm CST
You are probably wondering from that name of the discussion, well let me explain. In Slovakia, where I am from, we have those tradition, that on Monday comes a lot of guys from your school, or neighbours and will pour water on you. When I was teen, I have to get change so many times in day, since they didn't come at once, but eahc of them in other hours. You might be curious why someone did things like this to me?? Because it is tradition and water should take all the bad from your body and soul and bring you health. And after that you give the guys chocolate eggs, candy bars to thank them, that they come. And on Thusday you go to the boys house with stick and you can hurt their butt really nice (lol) and they can't say a one thing, since is tradition again. Do you have some interesting tradition on Easter??
2 responses
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Everyone else will tell you about what they do with Easter Eggs and bunny rabbits and the parades, so instead I will say thata your Easter custom sounds i little bit like the May Day celebrations we used to have. On May Day all the children wove baskets and filled them with candy and wild flowers and then put them on the doorstep of a friends of the opposite gender (boy puts on girl's doorstep and girl puts on boy's) and then you knocked or rang the bell and ran away, but not very fast. The person in the house would see the basket and then run after you to give a kiss in repayment for this. Nobody got beaten, but later in the day there would be a pole with long ribbons and adults would help the children dance around the pole and weave the ribbons as we went. Here are some pictures of May Poles around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maypole Nowadays some people feel that only pagans do this, but when I was young everyone did and there was no stigma attached to the practice. Do they dance around the May Pole on May 1 in Slovakia or has that day been taken over by the labor unions?
@laurika (4537)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Great you share with me. That sounds to me like you are from Europe, are you? My parents used to make something similar on the first May, the boys will set up those pols for girls and also I think the boys kiss the girl under the cherry tree. Later then we had a cummunism and the people have to go to the streets and make some crazy things to celebrate day of the labour. I don't remeber much from these, since I was too little back then, but my mum used to telling me about this stuff. But your response seems like similar to our traditions.
@laurika (4537)
• United States
21 Mar 08
Oh I forgot to tell you those pols, look the same like in Slovakia and I know boys still build them in villages.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I had such a joy reading about this tradition in a child book my daughter read - The book was by Kate Seredy She was an excellent writer and illustrator who imigrated to the states from Hungary. We get such delightful tidbits of the traditions in her stories. I took the information to my very good hungarian/romanian friend and she verified that it is really done! even in her childhood in the states - they lived in a slovak community and everyone still kept the traditions. I think that is so cool! I love it! I wish there were rich traditions with meanings still in this country.
@laurika (4537)
• United States
21 Mar 08
I also like those tradition, but specialy those for christmas and I am trying to save few of them and want to do them for my family and later when I will have kids, so they will remeber where I came from. It would eb nice if it will pass from my children to their children and so on.