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Pomlázka

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I saw a czech girl yesterday

 

she told me about this.  Seems the czechs go in for easter whackings. 

 

Young, live pussywillow twigs are thought to bring health and youth to anyone who is whipped with them. An Easter pomlázka (from pomladit or "make younger") is a braided whip made from pussywillow twigs. It has been used for centuries by boys who go caroling on Easter Monday and symbolically whip girls on the legs. In the past, pomlázka was also used by the farmer's wife to whip the livestock and everyone in the household, including men and children. There would be no Czech Easter without the pomlázka.

Boys used to make their own pomlázkas in the past. The more twigs, the more difficult it was to braid one. This skill is not widespread anymore and pomlázkas can be bought in stores and street stands. Some men don't even bother and use a single twig or even a wooden spoon!

 

Hmmm.

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So that's why so many of the Czech girls round here have gone home for Easter.  :)

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So that's why so many of the Czech girls round here have gone home for Easter.  :)

2 available today in worcester :)

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2 available today in worcester :)

 

checkmate

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