April 16, 2006

HAPPY BUNNY DAY: I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a Happy Easter. Hopefully the Easter Bunny already hit your house, because my kids mugged him and he's going to be out of commission for a little while.

posted by wingnut4life to navel gazing at 09:44 AM - 9 comments

Have a good one, folks. For the non-religious, a monster weekend of chocolate and sport. Don't worry about the bunny, wingnut, we have Easter Bilbies down here.

posted by owlhouse at 07:20 PM on April 16, 2006

Well the older I get, the less appealing Easter is. At least now I have a job that Good Friday is a paid holiday. Patrik Elias makes it sound like fun in the Czech Republic though.

posted by njsk8r20 at 10:03 PM on April 16, 2006

for more on the Easter celebrations in the Czech Republic go HERE. In particular, the last few paragraphs dealing with Easter Monday. It was hard to dredge up my understanding of the Czech language, I am glad they had the translation there for the carol.

posted by elovrich at 01:13 AM on April 17, 2006

Easter Monday (Pondělí velikonoční) is a day off, the day of the pomlázka. The origin of the pomlázka tradition (pomlázka meaning both the whip and the tradition itself) dates back to pagan times. Its original purpose and symbolic meaning is to chase away illness and bad spirits and bring health and youth for the rest of the year to everyone who is whipped with the young pussywillow twigs. In the past, pomlázka was not only used by boys to whip girls, but also by the farmer's wife to whip the livestock, as well as everyone in the household, including men and children. Boys would whip girls lightly on the legs and possibly douse them with water, which had a similar symbolic meaning. An Easter carol, usually asking for an egg or two, would be recited by the boy while whipping. The girl would then reward the boy with a painted egg or candy and tie a ribbon around his pomlázka. As the boys progressed through the village, their bags filled up with eggs and their pomlázkas were adorned with more and more colorful ribbons. Don't mean to overkill this, but found the apassage above and just had to share the bolded part.

posted by elovrich at 01:21 AM on April 17, 2006

How do you say "hubba hubba" in Czech?

posted by rcade at 07:37 AM on April 17, 2006

Yeah we have Easter Monday in Boston this year. We call it Patriots Day.

posted by jerseygirl at 07:44 AM on April 17, 2006

You must spank her well, and after you are done with her, you may deal with her as you like... and then... spank me

posted by Folkways at 09:11 AM on April 17, 2006

An Easter carol, usually asking for an egg or two, would be recited by the boy while whipping. "When a problem comes along you must whip it Before the cream sits out too long you must whip it When something's going wrong you must whip it" Is that an Easter carol?

posted by chris2sy at 12:41 PM on April 17, 2006

Being new to Northern Indiana, it's my first experience with Dyngus Day, a Polish Easter Monday sort of holiday. Lots of kielbasa, pierogies, and hard boiled eggs. Daddy's gonna be gassy tonight!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:53 PM on April 17, 2006

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