Vocals: Folklore ensemble from Kovacica
Evangelical version of the song Silent Night Holy Night
Christmas in Kovacica 2018
Tichá noc, svätá noc.
Usnula zem celá,
dvaja len bdejú v Betleheme;
v jasliach Dieťa tam utešené
tíško, spokojne spí…
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Slovak folklore ensemble V šírom poli hruška from Kovačica (Serbia) is showing how they douse girls with ice water on Easter Monday and how they keep this ancient tradition still alive and unforgettable.
Traditional Easter in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and some parts of Hungary
The festivities occur on Easter Monday, the day after Easter, or Veľká noc, which translates to “big night” (signifying Christ’s resurrection) in Slovak. In keeping with Slovakian folk tradition, men and boys douse women and girls with ice water, supposedly to preserve or invigorate their health (the science gets spotty here). In return, the girls reward the guys with dyed eggs and a shot of booze.