Monday, April 25, 2011

Traditional Easter Monday in Hungary

 Norm: Easter Monday is one of the bigger holidays of the year in Hungary. Every thing shuts down and it is family day. All the Pécs missionaries were invited to the Koczka family traditional Easter dinner of rakott krumpli and ham with all the trimmings.
 That same day the boys and men start early in the day to visit the ladies in a ceremony called sprinkling. Decades ago the girls were doused with buckets of water or taken to the well for a good dunking. Here Hunor demonstrates the more modern version which starts with a poem recitation.
 The head of the girl is then sprinkled with cologne.
The girl then returns favor by presenting the boy with a hand painted Easter egg. Every household has an Easter egg tree.

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