Saturday, 13 April 2013

Traditional Hungarian Easter Celebration

Late March, early April, Easter... The beginning of spring, clear sky, cool breeze, flowers are blossoming. That's what we had in mind when we planned our short trip back to Hungary. But it was cold, wet and dark, like we have never left Ireland. 

But we were surrounded by our lovely family, grandma and mothers try to feed us every minute, we were asked to give them a food wish list for every day while we were there. Fathers, uncles, various male members of the family were giving us taste of their latest homemade pálinka (hungarian alcoholic drink made from fruits, quite often over 50% strong). What not to like, already forgot about the weather.

We haven't been home around this time of the year for ages and we were really excited to witness the amazing traditional Easter celebration in the Sóstó Village Museum Nyíregyháza. Members of the Nyírség Dance Ensemble put on a great dance show, all men and women were wearing traditional folk costumes.
As part of this old folk custom, men pour buckets of water all over the women. It associated with the cleaning, healing and fertility effect of water. Men recite a "sprinkling poem" and they receive eggs for exchange and maybe a kiss too. These days nobody practices these customs anymore but thanks to the Nyírség Dance Group and the amazing Heritage Village Museum you could fly a couple of hundreds years back in time and be part of an unforgettable Hungarian Easter.

All images were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1, using the 18mm f2.0 and the 35mm f1.4 lenses and processed in Lightroom.