April 21, 2017
There is an interesting tradition that takes place the day after Easter Sunday in Slovakia, on a day known as “Easter Monday” – Veľkonočný pondelok. Any short description of the event will sound barbaric. In fact, any in-depth description of the tradition is likely to sound barbaric as well.
This is my one sentence description: “In Slovakia, in addition to being a time for family and friends to visit, Easter Monday is a day of flirting and playful interplay between boys and girls, men and women.” Some may interpret the event as having deep cultural significance beyond that. I am one such person, but I have no deeper explanation to provide you with on that topic at this time.
What I do have are the following pieces on 52 Weeks in Slovakia that may be of interest to the reader of this website looking to better understand the Slovak Easter Monday tradition.
- Women Watch Out For This in Slovakia has a few photos with captions helping to describe a bit of the Easter Monday tradition, focusing specifically on the whips used.
- The Slovak Whipping Ceremony – 11 Reasons to Hate It looks at some reasons that people find themselves disliking the Slovak whipping and watering ceremony.
- Translating Sibacka: The Whipping Ceremony discusses translations into English for the Slovak Easter Monday tradition known in Slovak as “Sibacka” and explains why I have settled on the term “Slovak Whipping Ceremony.” The discussion below the article, as always, allows for the insight of others on the topic as well.
- 10 Videos That You Might Not Like – The Sibacka Captured on Film shows videos depicted typical and atypical examples of the sibacka taking place and might be especially interesting to anyone who has not found themselves in Slovakia in the midst of an Easter Monday celebration.
This is essentially my Easter Monday compendium. If you have any comments that you would like to add to the topic (and I realize that there are many, many opinions, and many facets of the tradition that can be commented on) please feel free to comment below this piece or any of the pieces linked from this page. Wishing you a happy Easter Monday.
Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time travelling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com. If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.