Holidays

A ‘proper’ Czech Easter

April 17, 2009
Emily, Anna & Oliver at Old Town Square in front of giant Easter eggs & pomlazky (whips)

What’s Easter Monday without a whipping?

This year I saw a different side of the age-old Czech tradition of whipping. Although I’ve been on the receiving end of the Czech pomlázka tradition before, the gentle swats I’ve gotten from my husband’s family always seem a gesture of hospitality and a matter of custom – never a whipping, in the physical sense. Until this year, being “whipped” never hurt.

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