|The old tradition is shown on the
first two pictures. These photos here show folk costumes that people wear just
for special occasions today.
Today women wear casual dresses for sprinkling, not folk costumes.
Also, men sprinkle with cologne, not with water. A couple of decades ago men
poured water on women in rural areas and women changed their clothes after
each sprinkling. Boys often dragged girls to the well and poured water on
them with pail. Sometimes they washed them in creek.|
The possible reason for this very old tradition is that people believed in the cleaning, healing and fertility effect of water.
Easter is a 2-day holiday in Hungary. On Monday boys and men
visit all of their women relatives, friends, neighbors, often even if
they are not close friends. Boys in small groups, fathers with their sons,
or single men leave early in the morning and their "tour" last all day long.
They greet girls and women with shorter - longer poems (mostly with a funny
poem about "Eastern sprinkling") and sprinkle them with cologne. Women must
be well-prepared, they treat men with dessert and beverages - and with
hand-painted eggs. Women usually prepare in the previous days by cleaning up
the house thoroughly, decorating, cooking and painting a couple dozen eggs.|
There is a competition among young girls - who gets the most "sprinklers" wins.
It is a shame if the girl is not ready early morning when the first visitor
rings the bell.|
The result? Women wear more then a dozen of different colognes by Monday evening, and sometimes the alcoholic beverages are harmful for men also. Many times, sprinkling continues on the next day in the working places and we, women wait the evening desperately to wash our hair.
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