Thy Name Is Happy Easter!-II
Transmitting live on Easter from the sunny Greece may prove to be quite risky when being told that you may equally well face some injuries brought by a sky falling pot. Know it or not, rumor has it that on Easter Saturday morning, people there use to throw pots out of their windows, an action which is meant to “symbolize the rejection of Judas”. The advice given to all those passer-byes would be one requiring them to take some precautions and perhaps wear a cask!
Leaving Greece this Easter you may wish to see Poland. Once you got there you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up being poured water on as this gets to be a tradition practiced on Easter Monday there. What is the name of this tradition? I’ve been told that it is called “Smingus-Dyngus”. No need to take a shower that Monday while in Poland! As an alternative perfectly viable: just ask the one pouring water on you to use a whole bucket of it!
If when in France on Easter one gets the chance to throw up eggs in the air praying for their egg not to be the one dropped or the chance to participate in a contest that involves some eggs rolling down a steep hill then certainly one gets to conclude that there can be nothing left out there in matters of Easter traditions to surprise him!
Even so, somewhere in a country called Bulgaria you may be thrown eggs at and also get to be revenged when being allowed to do the same with the others. And this gets to be no game there but more of a contest with winners and everything. And the winner in this case has to make sure that he doesn’t break the egg and by succeeding to do this it is believed that he would be blessed with luck and happiness for the next year or so.
With or without eggs, either placed in a basket or being thrown, Easter gets to also be associated in some parts of Europe with some large bonfires. A chance to get people together and celebrate the joy of Easter! Easter Sunday and Monday may offer you the warmth of a bonfire and the warmth of some gin or whatever other liqueur available! So I’ve been told!
And if a bonfire doesn’t enter your area of preferences then perhaps you happen to need some noise there. And there seems to be no more perfect place to experience it than in Finland, to be more precise somewhere in the south-eastern part of this country. The equation of noise involves some children, an Easter night and some “loud musical instrument”! And just in case you dread noise: earplugs get to be just what you need on such occasion!
As far as Easter traditions are concerned the cherry on top of the cake comes from the Czech Republic where being a woman on Easter happens to be something some women have come to dread. Why such a thing happens? Let’s say it all started with an “old fertility rite” dating back to the Middle Ages, a rite that as awkward as it may seem to many of us involves a practice of beating women in public. As far as the website http://www.independent.co.uk presents things this ritual gets to still be “assiduously practiced even nowadays”. According to this website “On the morning of Easter Monday, men and boys whip women of all ages, around the legs with special whips made out of twisted willow branches.” Contrary to what you may think, some women happen not to be bothered by this custom and all the more choose to reward the men whipping them with “a painted Easter egg”. Yet, we are said that all this beating is done for a good reason, namely in the name of beauty and fertility showering over one. The funny thing (at least so I consider it) comes when being told that “women of all ages get a whipping, from children to grandmothers.” All the more any age discrimination is considered to be “rude”, even if this beating custom involves a “70 years old woman”. Therefore I cannot but wish each and everyone to be bestowed with good luck and beauty!
Even so, as lucky and beautiful or fertile we may happen to be once we traveled to all these places and happened to be part of these traditions, Easter is just a few days away and I wish to welcome it with the words of a 1971 TV special, namely “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”: “Here comes Peter Cottontail / Hoppin’ down the bunny trail, / Hippity hoppity, / Easter’s on its way. / Bringing every girl and boy / A basketful of Easter joy, / Things to make your Easter / Bright and gay. / He’s got jelly beans for Tommy, / Colored eggs for Sister Sue. / There’s an orchid for your mommy, / And an Easter bonny too. Oh! / Here comes Peter Cottontail / Hoppin’ down the bunny trail, / Hippity hoppity, / Happy Easter Day!”- Wherever you are!