I’m waiting for my eggs now.
It’s Easter Monday in Slovakia.
Traditionally boys and men go around and throw water on girls and women, usually whole buckets. A group of men outfitted in traditional folk garb grabs them by the arms while one of their comrades splashes them. They also beat them with pussy willow branches. Usually, but not exclusively, on the buttocks.
It’s supposed to keep them pretty and healthy.
Oblievačka, it’s called around here. Which you can translate as watering. The tradition has its own wikipedia page.
The tradition is not limited to Slovakia, it’s also a big thing in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. Polish Americans call it ‘Dyngus Day’.
As a reward the boys get eggs (I’m still waiting for mine though…).
I did not beat her as hard as on some other occasions (with mutual consent) and she did not get terribly wet.
No water or willows were hurt writing this blog post.
Slovak men also like to film these incidents, YouTube is full of Slovak girls getting wet and being beaten.
No worries, after some initial stage fright, they seem to enjoy the whole process.