Here I am with my second post about Hungary and what a better thing to talk about than Easter? I´m sure you are thinking… buuuu boring! Boring? That´s because you have not clue how is celebrated Easter in Hungary. I am not going to be politically correct this time: I do believe this tradition is pretty aggressive, male chauvinist, out of fashion. I have not idea how one day I´m going to explain my point of view to my daugther who will probably be very fond of it. Sorry Hungarian mates and family but you know me. And yes, I understand…” this was a fertility ritual to celebrate the arrival of the Spring and to help village people to find a partner”.
All right! enough complains from my side. Let´s get crack in the explanation of the traditional Hungarian Easter´s Festivities (this is not very popular in big cities, thank God!) and then.. Let´s try to see the fun side -because it has its funny part as well- in two videos.
- Women (single and young) hand paint eggs before Easter Monday and their mothers prepare food to offer to males who will come to visit.
- Men have to memorize some poems.
- On Easter Monday girls get dressed in pretty clothes and wait for the boys to come over.
- Once boys arrived girls go out of the house and listen to the poems the boys have learned.
- At the end of the poem the boy/s ask: Szabad-e locsolni? Which means something like: May I water you?
- Girls normally say yes. After been watered (like a plant) they give one of the eggs they have decorated to the boy they like.
- Boys get in the house have something to eat and drink and they carry on visiting other houses.
I must say that there is a modern version of this tradition in which you don´t get watered, you only get the poems and a drop of perfume. Boys don´t get hand painted eggs but a chocolate one.
So what do you thing? See the video and then let me know what your opinion is. Deal?
To see the video click here