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Easteristhe most significantChristianholiday. Becauseitis a moveableholiday, itsdatechangeseveryyear. ChristiansbeginEastercelebration on HolyThursday./ thisyear 21st April/ GoodFridayis a state holiday in Slovakia. Whilemanypeopleusually do notgo to work, stores and supermarkets are usuallyopen. On GoodFriday, thedayofabstinence, ChristianscommemoratethedeathofJesusChrist. Then on EasterSundaythencelebratetheresurrectionofthe Lord JesusChrist; however, notonlyChristianscelebrateEaster.

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EasterpreparationsbegindaysbeforeEaster. To bereadyforthefeast, peoplebakepastries, cookies, and do extensivegroceryshopping. Easterdinner menu isalwaysfestive: potatosaladwithmayonnaise, cooked ham, coldcuts, and sandwiches are served on EasterSundayaswellasonEasterMonday.  Cookies and pastriescannotbeexcludedfromtheEaster menu.

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“Oblievačka” (waterpouring) is a typicalEasterMonday /24th April 2011/ custom in Slovakia. Thecharacterofoblievačka slightlyvariesfromregion to region. On thisdaymenvisittheirfemalerelatives and friendsandpourwater on them or spray themwithperfume, and whipthemgentlywithspecialwhipsmadeofbraidedwillowrods. According to tradition, pouringwater on womenwillguaranteetheirbeauty and goodhealththroughouttheyear. Recentlyoblievačka and šibačka (whipping) havenotbeenasintenseastheyused to be in thepastdecades. In manyregions, waterbucketshavebeenreplacedwithperfumes, a smallsyringefilledwithwater, a water cup, or a waterpistol.

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However, in somevillagesyoumaystillseeyoungmen, sometimesriding on thehorses or dressed in traditional folk costumes, whocomewithrattles and braidedwhipsdecoratedwithcolorfulribbons. Theymaytakefemalesoutofthehouses and dousethemwith a bucket or bucketsfilledwithcoldwater. Duringthistraditionmenmaysingsongs and playtheaccordion. Afteroblievacka and sibacka, womenrewardmenwithsweets, fruit, money, or paintedEastereggs.

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Eastereggs or kraslice are quitepopular in Slovak tradition. Kraslice are painted, dyed, or otherwisedecoratedblowneggs. Manydecorate kraslice athome or buythematmarketoratthecraftstore. Whileitisnotrequired to giveEastereggstovisitingmales on EasterMonday, only a fewmenwillleavethehousewithouta drink or smallrefreshment.