April 14, 2017
For some, part of the Slovak Easter Monday celebration includes whipping or “watering” members of the fairer sex.
Most females seek to avoid such whippings. Some females welcome them for a variety of reasons that I will not go in depth about at this time, but which range from good blessings of health and beauty to simply socializing with friends and family.
Some day (not today) I will sit down and write more about my feelings of the Easter Monday tradition. It’s a topic I’ve been writing about for more than a year, but that I have not yet finished writing about. There is much behind this celebration that is not initially apparent. Once a tradition I considered barbaric, I dug more deeply and started to learn to see why the tradition is in fact something very special, something even under-appreciated by many Slovaks.
As for now, I will simply wish you a Happy Easter and hope that if you are female, you keep an eye out for whips on Monday – so that you can either run from the bearer of the whip or run towards him (depending on your feelings about this tradition). For those of you who have never been chased by a male carrying a whip as you scream at the top of your lungs, I will include a few photos that you may know what to look for. Happy Easter.
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.