Czech Village Life: Easter
Location: Biskoupky, Population 16
Easter in Czech is quite a holiday. Decorations are everywhere, like this tree in a small park.
And this basket of decorated eggs
Easter is a 4 day holiday here. (Friday-Monday) My mother in law basically lived in the kitchen the whole time making all the holiday goodies.
There were traditional preparations like this lamb buchta,
and making the pomlázka. (a traditional “whip” to spank the women for fertility)
The tradition of spanking or whipping is carried out on Easter Monday.
In a similar fashion to Halloween but in the morning, men would go door to door to spank women with a special handmade whip called a pomlázka.
The pomlázka consists of eight, twelve or even twenty-four willow rods, is usually from half a meter to two meters long and decorated with colored ribbons at the end. A legend says that women should be spanked with a whip in order to keep their health, beauty and fertility during the whole next year.
The spanked woman would give a colored egg they had prepared and invites the visitor to eat and drink as a sign of her thanks. If the visitor was a small boy, he would be provided with sweets, and a small amount of money.
Nowadays, it’s more of an event for the kids. They go door to door with their pomlazka and receive colored hardboiled eggs and candy. Here is a group of kids that visited my husband’s aunts house.
The seasons are real here, which is a huge change for this Cali girl. It’s been amazing to see the noticeable difference in the village from day to day. This week the flowers are starting to bloom, so we went around and picked some to decorate the house.
I also engaged in a few american traditions, like decorating Easter eggs and making Easter baskets. I did what I could with a yogurt bucket and some crepe paper.
It was our first Easter as a family here in Czech. So we took our son out to try the door to door thing for eggs and candy (and booze for the adults). He was a bit too young to really care and fortunately doesn’t really know what candy is yet. He was happy enough to get his hard boiled eggs.
After that attempt we went back home to eat a simple Easter brunch, which consisted of turkey, croquettes, mini blue cheese wedge salads (my contribution) and of course beer.
And that was it. As with most things in the village, it was simple and family focused. No one gets dressed up or really plans anything big. It all just kind of happens. But one thing is consistent, and that’s the food and the beer.