Easter Traditions

Discussion in 'Culture' started by Yerusalyim, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Yerusalyim

    Yerusalyim Well-Known Member

    What are some of the specific Czech traditions, practices, and foods surrounding Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday? My wife joins me in Germany tomorrow (Saturday) and I want to help her celebrate the holiday in a manner she's accustomed to. Thanks for your help.
  2. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    I know you get to spank her. :)
  3. Yerusalyim

    Yerusalyim Well-Known Member

    That's celebrating her joining me here, :wink: :p but not celebratring the Holiday :?
  4. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Actually it's celebrating the holiday too. Do a search on Easter traditions and you will find out about it all. We had this discussion last Easter.
  5. Yerusalyim

    Yerusalyim Well-Known Member

    You're correct, I was doing a search and sure enough...Birching...spanking the females with a birch or willow branch...but that's done on Easter Monday. Anything else?
  6. Jeff

    Jeff Well-Known Member

    You can read about the holiday and some of the traditions on our Czech Easter page on My Czech Republic.
  7. Yerusalyim

    Yerusalyim Well-Known Member

    Yep, been there, read that. I don't know, I guess I was hoping folks would share some of their personal memories. The little things expat Czechs miss.

    I mean, what will the wife think if I start chasing her around the house with a branch and demanding an egg...or throwing a bucket of water on her?
    Sure, that could be fun on several levels, but as I understand it, the girls really don't enjoy the Easter Monday rituals.
  8. jen

    jen Well-Known Member

    They may not "enjoy" the rituals per se, but they would be sorely offended if no one wanted to whip them!! :lol:

    The most...interesting....thing for me is being whipped by my middle school students as they make their rounds of the neighborhood...one of the disadvantages of living in the small town where you teach!!
  9. kibicz

    kibicz Well-Known Member

    Well, I have always thought that "throwing a bucket of COLD water" is womens counter strike against men in the easter afternoon... at least its the tradition in willage where we have a cottage..
  10. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, my husband conveniently forgot to share that part of the rituals with me. :evil: :twisted:
  11. jen

    jen Well-Known Member

    I've heard a rumor that since it's a leap year, the girls get to whip the boys...any Czechs out there care to comment/confirm?????

  12. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    No way :twisted:
  13. Dannae

    Dannae Well-Known Member

    Well, in my region it was like this: girls were whipped in the morning, the boys got their "cold shower" in the afternoon.

    P.S. yes, a girl must be whipped otherwise she will not stay beautiful for a long time :wink:. Oooops; I missed a few years here in the US :!:
  14. jen

    jen Well-Known Member

    My 9th grade students confirmed today that girls can hit the boys with a wooden spoon on Monday....there was no specific prompting to get them to say that - I just said, "I heard things are a little different this year...." and they jumped in and said "yeah because it's a leap year the girls can hit the boys with a wooden spoon!"
  15. General Joy

    General Joy Well-Known Member

    So how was everyone's Easter? Mike, did you partake in the traditions? Jen, did your female students hit the boys with wooden spoons? :D
  16. jen

    jen Well-Known Member

    Only two of my students showed up - and one is pretty much the worst one I've got - I actually pretty much kicked him out of my English conversation lessons. So he came by and clearly was jazzed to be able to whip the teacher who'd been mean to him...not sure how that works on a psychological level, but needless to say, he wasn't gentle... :p

    Otherwise it was just gaggles of neighborhood kids - all sweet. The holiday is turning more and more into a Halloween kind of thing without the costumes - some of those kids had massive baskets of chocolates and eggs!
  17. Irena M

    Irena M Well-Known Member

    My family had ham, knedliky and sweet and sour cabbage. I also made easter ram cake. For the Americans I made double chocolate brownies. :D
  18. fabik317

    fabik317 Well-Known Member

    "easter ram cake"
    although i have no idea what else i'd call it, i think the expression is just priceless:)
  19. Irena M

    Irena M Well-Known Member

    I think the translation from Czech to English isn't quite the same, I think you get the idea; no?
  20. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Easter Ram Cake - jak se řekni Česky?

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