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Patrícia, Patrik
Streda, 6. júla 2022
Celebrating Easter
Dátum pridania: 08.12.2003 Oznámkuj: 12345
Autor referátu: Ivanamolina
Jazyk: Angličtina Počet slov: 910
Referát vhodný pre: Stredná odborná škola Počet A4: 2.7
Priemerná známka: 3.00 Rýchle čítanie: 4m 30s
Pomalé čítanie: 6m 45s

Easter is a symbol of early spring and that is the reason why all of us store our winter outfits including huge ski jackets and coats and take out the summer clothes. By the time all of these chores are done, the Holy Friday comes. On this day, school children will stay at home and help their mothers to bake numerous cakes and many different desserts. They will also buy or get branches of the fruit trees from the garden that will bloom on Monday. At 6 o’clock in the evening it is time for Holy Friday Mass. Saturday is the last day in which final touches are made in cleaning and preparing smoked ham with a horseradish.
Easter Sunday might be the most important day in some other cultures, but this is not the case in Slovakia. On Sunday morning people attend church and afterwards women stay at home and all the men and boys go together to visit their female family members. By tradition, when the door is opened by a younger woman or girl, the men splash her with water from a plastic bottle with a hole in the cap. However, if it is an older woman who opens, the men splash her hair with some kind of perfume. These symbolize long life and youth. After that, the men pretend to hit her with a whip that is home made out of dried bush branches. That symbolizes the long health of the woman. In return she offers them food, drink and some chocolate eggs. This process repeats until the men visit all their family members.
The Easter Monday mass is the most important one. Even the people who did not attend the previous masses are present at this one. Later when people come home, men go out this time to visit neighbors and friends. Women stay at home waiting for male friends to visit. The process from the previous day repeats with one exception. The teenage friends and classmates of the girls come to their houses, and instead of using a small amount of water in a bottle, they carry a big bucket full of ice cold water. This is often an interesting show for the entire neighborhood as the girls are running down the street and a group of young men with the buckets following them. Tradition says that the next day is the girl’s turn to perform the process of visiting. However this never happens; probably because girls are somewhat wiser and would not want to chase the men with water.
The sad part about this tradition is that it is slowly disappearing from our culture. People are moving to the bigger cities where it is not “cool” anymore. Nevertheless, there are still enough people in our village who come to visit my mother’s house every year and I hope that we will never loose our wonderful traditions.
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