Friday, March 14, 2008

Easter Traditions

Easter is a major holiday in Hungary. We have a large Catholic population so a large number of religious activities are held. Culturally the Magyars have special activities to celebrate this occasion too. On Easter Monday men of all ages dress in their finest clothes and call on the ladies in their lives. They ring the gate bell and say a little poem that has been handed down through generations of Hungarians. The men then sprinkle the head of the females with perfume. In response the women are to give the men a red egg. Through the years the dyed egg has evolved into a chocolate egg with fancy wrapping or in some cases the lucky fellow gets money! Many Hungarian children also receive chocolate bunnies and have an egg hunt in the yard. It's a fun time for the children.

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