Following last year’s rather unsuccessful attempt to introduce Czech Easter traditions to England (remember my beranek baking disaster?), I decided to spend Easter in Bohemia – and who better to celebrate with than The Village People?
So, as the lovely Village People have been somewhat absent from the blog of late, I thought I’d regale you all with the highlight of my long weekend with them: the Big Easter Stick Ritual.
One of the first quaint Easter customers which foreigners are a little taken aback by – especially if they happen to be women – is this whole business of being beaten on the behind with a big stick first thing on Easter morning. No, this is not an April Fools Day joke, I’m afraid, but a bone fide Czech Cultural Difference (or CCD for short).
This morning I was chased around by Czechman’s dad who delighted in whacking me on the behind with the big Easter stick which apparently ‘shouldn’t hurt really because of the ribbons tied to the end’. Yeah, right. I always squeal my head off when being chased around – God only knows why as it’s not as if I don’t know what’s coming – but I become so distressed it becomes almost impossible to locate the painted egg I’m supposed to give to my torturer to make the pain – sorry, ‘fun’- stop.
I’ve heard a rumour that women are allowed to throw cold water over their menfolk as part of this bizarre business, but it’s something I’ve never dared to try.
Who was responsible for the creation of the Czechmanovi’s Easter weapons of mass destruction this year? That’s right, Czechman’s mum.
At this point I’m tempted to say feminism never happened in this country. However, as Czechman rightly points out, in our household, feminism means that he has to do the man’s work (i.e anything with tools) and the women’s work too (anything involving cleaning). At least I like to cook, even if I’m not so keen on the clearing up.
Anyway, Girl In Czechland would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and a fertile 2013! Roll on Spring – I can’t be the only one who’s sick of the snow…