April 19, 2017
Some videos inevitably made the rounds a few weeks back as Easter Monday approached and Slovak youth – instead of going out into the wild to braid willow chutes and socialize with male and female friends alike by visiting houses whip in hand – chose to get on Facebook and watch videos of other people doing exactly that.
Embedded below are some videos from šibačka. What I like about the videos is the way that they, in sum, show a few different aspects of the šibačka. With every few videos of šibačka that you come across on the internet, you are sure to see a new aspect that you might never considered to be part of the tradition.
Though some of these videos may offend, I figure it’s only fair to share some footage of what generally happens during šibačka. It can appear brutal or can also appear cute. The camera though tends to remove the viewer from the situation and makes it easier to criticize. Though there is much I like about the šibačka, I even cringed a little when the gal in this first video, who really appears to be happy to be the center of attention kept getting bucket after bucket dumped on her on an overcast day. A friend commented on this video in a compelling email that I thought I’d share here.
Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com. He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling 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.