Velikonoce na Moravě

Our first Easter (Velikonoce) in CZ was celebrated in Moravia,  my husband’s hometown. As mentioned in my previous post, they have this tradition of whipping women on Easter Monday. This year, I had my first whipping experience.

In my husband’s family, the girls are outnumbered.  There are 6 males and 3 females.  Thus, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I had to endure 6 whippings.  It was all in good fun though and one cannot wish for a better rationale than the one behind it.

Since it was a long weekend, we also spent some time visiting several relatives and childhood friends.  Several of my husband’s friends decided to spend their Easter weekend in a cottage by the woods.  On Black Saturday, we went there to say “hi.”

Cottage where my husband's friends spent their weekend.

We also went on a little hike with them and even participated in an Easter egg hunt in the woods.

Easter egg hunt in the woods.

Jakub enjoyed the trip very much because he got to play with a lot of children.

Back in the house, he also loved the company of his cousins.  Since it was raining on Easter Sunday, we had to stay indoors.  But even in the absence of toys, these boys know how to have fun.

Without any help from the women, they managed to stick themselves in their grandma’s living room cabinet.

Meanwhile, this is what their fathers were doing.

On Easter Monday, after whipping the women in the house, all 6 boys went around the village whipping neighbors, aunts and grandmas.  Us women, on the otherhand, spent our time drinking shots of slivovice (plum liquor) and becherovka, a Czech specialty spirit.  We talked about our husbands, sons, and life with them boys.   It was a great bonding time for us since my sister-in-law and I learned a lot from my mother-in-law and we somehow know what to expect when the boys grow up.

When the boys came home, each of the small ones brought a pack of these.

Jakub's reward for whipping the women in the village

For the big boys, they were given this.

I had a wonderful time spending my first Easter the Czech way.   With all those chocolates that my son got, he would need a lot of help consuming it.

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