Slovakian Easter: Drench And Spank Women, Give Men Presents

By | April 9, 2020

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A water bath is part of the odd Eastern European Easter celebration. (

If you think about it, the secular parts of our Easter celebration are pretty weird: There's a rabbit who brings eggs, cake shaped like a lamb, and way too much sugar hidden around the yard. It probably looks just as weird to those in Eastern Europe as their traditions look to us. In these countries—such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and parts of the Czech Republic—"Slovakian Easter" is celebrated with vodka, spanking, drenching, and a healthy dose of misogyny.

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As the young peasant women leave church on Easter Monday, young men throw pails of water over them. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Easter Monday, Not Sunday

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Easter Monday—the day after Easter—is a special day. Festivals and celebrations are held on Easter Monday, or Vel’ka noc, which means "big night." It is also referred to as "Bright Monday" or "Renewal Monday" because it's a day of rebirth and hope for the future. The celebrations held on this day are lively events, with music, feasting, and traditional folk costumes.