Easter in the Czech Republic is a fun time. Many traditions are still observed and practiced, especially in villages, and different regions may have their own Easter traditions and customs. The hand-painted or otherwise decorated egg (kraslice) is the most recognizable symbol of Czech Easter.
Tradition says that women should be spanked with a whip in order to keep their health, beauty and fertility throughout the following year. According to 2019 survey, 60% of Czech households follow the tradition of spanking (or watering) someone on Easter Monday.
Easter is one of the principal holidays, or feasts, of Christianity. It marks the Resurrection of Jesus three days after his death by crucifixion.
History of Easter Monday
The first-known use of the term 'Easter Monday' began in the 15th century. The Monday after Easter that is observed on Sundays is a day of strong religious significance for Christians.
Velikonoce (Easter) comes from the expression velká noc meaning “great night” after the day in which Jesus Christ rose from the dead. During Communist rule, however, the religious celebration was suppressed and the arrival of spring was recognized instead.
Hezké svátky! / Krásné svátky! / Příjemné svátky! Happy Easter!
Traditionally, boys and men walk around their neighbourhood with the whip and ask for a reward. They receive a painted egg, a coloured ribbon for their whip, something sweet or something strong. Men especially enjoy the tradition of whipping in Moravia where home-made brandy is popular.
Easter, also called Pascha (Aramaic, Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian festival and cultural holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c.
Christians today often believe that the day is called Good Friday because Jesus died so that everyone could be forgiven for the things they had done wrong. This means that it's the forgiveness that's good, not Jesus's death. The day could also be considered to be good because it's what led to the Resurrection of Jesus.
Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions.
"That terrible Friday has been called Good Friday because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations," the Huffington Post reported.
Latin adopted the Greek term for the feast, and in most European languages, notable exceptions being English, German and the Slavic languages, the feast is today called Pascha or words derived from it.
Easter is a very special holiday in the Czech Republic. The entire country erupts in a blaze of color – intricately decorated eggs, woven willow sticks with crepe tassels, dancers in traditional costumes performing folk dances.
The Church celebrates the Easter season (also known as “Eastertide”) for 50 days, culminating with the feast of Pentecost, where Scripture (Acts 2:1–31) tells us that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles. Divine Mercy Sunday and the Ascension, a holy day of obligation, take place during the Easter season.
But in English-speaking countries, and in Germany, Easter takes its name from a pagan goddess from Anglo-Saxon England who was described in a book by the eighth-century English monk Bede. "Eostre was a goddess of spring or renewal and that's why her feast is attached to the vernal equinox," Professor Cusack said.
However, despite being known as Good Friday, it is not a joyful day. Therefore, it is recommended to refrain from wishing people a 'Happy Good Friday' on this day. Good Friday is considered a day of mourning and penance. According to the New Testament, Jesus was crucified by the Romans on this day.
According to the New Testament accounts, Jesus was crucified on a Friday, which is now commemorated as Good Friday by Christians around the world. It a solemn day for Christians, typically observed with sombre and reflective activities that focus on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
Dyngus Day is a Polish and Polish-American celebration on Easter Monday to mark the completion of Lent, and this year, it falls on April 1. The happy tradition includes many festivities including parades.
It is an ancient pagan tradition held in Poland on the Easter Monday. On this day, boys try to catch girls by surprise by splashing them with water. It has its roots in old Slavic traditions of throwing water on people in rites meaning to purify them for the arrival of spring.
In Germany, Easter is known as "Ostern" and the commemoration begins a week before, on Palm Sunday, marking Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. The week leading up to Easter is known as Holy Week, or "Karwoche" in German.
For millions of people around the world, Easter falls on Sunday 16 April 2023. Orthodox Christians in Europe, Africa and the Middle East celebrate Easter later than most in the western world. It's because they use a different calendar to work out what day Easter should fall on.
The Czech Republic has cultural roots in the Christian world. And to Christians, Easter is the most important holiday of the year, as they commemorate the death and resurrection of the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ. Easter Monday, however, is a day of folk customs that differ in various parts of the country.
Whatever we call it, Easter is plainly the solemn feast celebrating the resurrection of Christ. It is fine to say Happy Easter.
Catholic. In the Latin Church the traditional greeting on Easter morning and throughout the entire Easter week is: Christus surréxit! – Surréxit vere, allelúja ("Christ is risen" – "He is risen indeed.
Easter actually originated as an ancient pagan celebration of the spring equinox. In Christianity, the day was dedicated to observing the resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated around the time of the Jewish Passover.