Easter is just around the corner and some households have already got their eggs in the fridge!
Many cultures all around the world celebrate Easter, but all add a unique flavor to them. Russians paint Faberge eggs and bake sweet Kulich bread, and the city of Krakow goes all out with a festive Easter market.
Easter is all about eggs and chocolate these days, but did you know that some cultures celebrate Easter with water?
Yes! Water symbolizes the holy baptism and has been associated with the Easter holidays for centuries.
In Poland, Easter Monday a.k.a. Dyngus Day is the holy day when people attempt to drench each other in water. No method is exempt from this madness—hoses, buckets of water, and squirt guns are all employed. Traditionally, boys used to drench the girls, in a fun and odd flirtation ritual, but these days it tends to be all-egalitarian. The playful custom dates back to the Middle Ages, when Christianity came to Poland (966 c.e.) following the baptism of Prince Mieszko and by extension his whole nation.
This tradition is also found in eastern parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, usually in the form of an ice-cold bucket. The custom has modified slightly these days to an all-day water fight among families and neighbors.
In some houses in Lithuania, folks sprinkle all corners of the house or gardens with holy water on Easter Sunday.
Do you celebrate Easter? Where are the holidays taking you this Easter Sunday? Tell us in the comments!