Czech Republic is not very religious country. In fact, we are the most atheist country in Europe. However, we still do celebrate both major Christian holidays: Christmas and Easter. Pretty much. However, most of us prefer the civil way of celebrating as we love traditions and feasting. Find out what are the weirdest Czech Easter traditions about! You will not believe your eyes.

WHIP, OUCH!

In a nutshell, Czech Easter is about celebrating forthcoming spring and a new life. We have various customs and celebrate them in different ways. The funniest one is however whipping girls and women with fresh, braided willow rods. We call it “pomlázka” (whip).

This is pomlázka, most important thing during Czech Easter - ouch!

This is pomlázka, most important thing during Czech Easter – ouch!

WHY WE DO IT?

It is a an old tradition happening only on Easter Monday morning. Guys are whipping girls and women with pomlázka. It may sound weird and cruel, but it is a tradition and we accept that (once a year). The word “pomlázka” is derived from a Czech word “pomladit” meaning “to make younger.” So we rather stand the pain and wait for a miracle! And that´s how it goes every year.

REWARD

Wait, it is not all yet. Guys are also rewarded for whipping us. We say “thank you” and offer them shots of liquor, painted eggs, sweets…etc.

Painted Easter eggs for our guys!

Painted Easter eggs for our guys!

EASTER POOPING LAMB 

 

Tradition of pooping lamb is absolutely must during this holiday. Especially girls and women like this one much better than whipping. Simply said, it is a code name for shopping clothes. To make it clearer, the principle of this tradition is to buy something new on you (clothes, shoes…) so that the Easter lamb will not poop on you. It is an old Czech tradition reffering to an expression of the joy after Jesus’ resurrection. Well, why not?!

So, what do you think about our traditions? Do you find them weird? And have you already heard about our 7 Bizarre Traditions You May Experience During Typical Czech Christmas?

Little Easter cutie. Don´t let it poop on you. Get something new!

Little cutie. Don´t let it poop on you. Get something new!

 

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