Easter Ready

Easter is coming early this year. It is this weekend already!

As I have mentioned in a previous post, Easter in CZ is celebrated quite differently from what I know. Out here, the boys whip women as a sign of goodwill to supposedly ward off bad spirits.

Another tradition is for women to give men painted eggs after they have been whipped. And yes, I still haven’t learned the art of painting eggs, so I still opted to buy my eggs from a local Easter market here in our small town.

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I greatly admire the creative hands who made these eggs and always find a lot of amusement when visiting Easter markets.

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This year, my husband’s mom will not be home for Easter as she just had a knee replacement surgery and will be in the hospital for therapy during that time. As such, the responsibility of preparing for Easter rests on me and my sister-in-law’s hands. With 3 small boys and 3 grown men in the house, I’m sure we will get very busy in the kitchen, not to mention the possibility of sore butts from being whipped six times.

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14 thoughts on “Easter Ready

  1. daisy March 26, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    wear padded pants! πŸ™‚ happy easter to you all!

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    • Grace March 29, 2013 / 9:31 am

      i think my big butt can take the beating πŸ™‚

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  2. Gunta March 26, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    I’m not sure I like the sound of the men whipping the women. And they get eggs for that? What kind of deal is that? Sounds to me like the men might be the ones needing the whipping. πŸ˜‰

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  3. 68ghia March 26, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    Line your pants with a few books πŸ˜‰
    Then the whipping should not be too bad!
    What a strange custom!
    Hope Easter goes well Grace – can imagine having to cook for all those people!

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    • Grace March 29, 2013 / 9:21 am

      It is strange indeed. πŸ™‚

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    • Grace March 29, 2013 / 9:17 am

      Not very fond of it either. πŸ™‚

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  4. Jolene March 31, 2013 / 4:07 am

    Happy Easter! I grew up with the tradition of “whipping” on Easter Monday. My dad’s family is Polish, and the tradition was brought to Bufffalo, NY where he grew up (lots of Polish-Americans there). We call Easter Monday Dyngus Day, and it is a HUGE celebration with plenty of pussy willow branches ready to be used as whips! Check this out http://dyngusdaybuffalo.com/whatisdyngusday.html It’s pretty interesting!

    Enjoy your holiday!

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    • Grace April 4, 2013 / 10:15 am

      Hi Jolene,

      It is very interesting to note the parallelisms. Happy Easter!

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