Happy Easter!

Even though looking out of the window it looks more like a Christmas typical weather, believe it or not, Easter is coming! In Slovakia there are many nice traditions connected to Easter, but there are some other interesting ones also in our countries.

For example Bulgaria, being an Orthodox Christian country, will not celebrate Easter next Sunday, but on May 5th (lucky them, as it’s highly likely that they will have no snow!). Vessy told us about their celebrations, and I find really interesting the tradition that people walk around the church three times with lit candles in their hands. According to this tradition, if people have no sins, the candles will not go out. To that, Vessy also added that sometimes people use special strategies to protect candles from wind 😉

Another important element of Bulgarian Easter are painted eggs. Check out this nice video about beautifully painted eggs.

In Italy Easter celebrations start on Friday with a procession commemorating the Passion. On Sunday families get together and eat lamb and other traditional food which change in every region. In my family we always have torta pasqualina, a salty cake with artichokes, eggs and ricotta cheese. At the end of the meal, we normally eat a dove-shaped cake called colomba (which means dove) and children (but also grown-up children 🙂 ) get big chocolate eggs with a surprise inside.

On Easter Monday, which we call Pasquetta (small Easter) people normally go for a trip and do outdoor activities. As I come from Southern Italy, on Easter Monday people from my region often go to the seaside. Of course, being in Slovakia, this year I will definitely have to change my plan 🙂

In the sun or in the snow happy Easter to everybody!

Emanuela

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The queuing championship // Majstrovstvá v predbiehaní sa

Coming from Italy, I’m unfortunately quite used to the habit of jumping queues. If you go to my country, you should definitely experience our fine art of queuing: just go the cinema or catch any bus and you’ll see what happens : )

But during my stay here, I realised that Italians have very competitive rivals: Slovaks! Every day going to canteen to have lunch is an adventure as you can study the variety of refined techniques used to jump the queue: some people suddenly need to speak to someone who is, just by chance, at the top of the queue and so finally stand in line with them; others apologise and say that they really have to hurry up; others just jump the queue saying nothing as it was the most normal thing on earth.

Now, the question is who should we awarded the 1st prize?

Manu

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Keďže pochádzam z Talianska, nanešťastie som zvyknutá predbiehať sa v rade. Ak navštívite moju krajinu, nenechajte si tento zážitok ujsť, sme v tom naozaj dobrí. Stačí zájsť do kina, alebo čakať na autobus. Sami uvidíte, čo sa bude diať :).

Počas môjho pobytu na Slovensku som si však uvedomila, že Taliani majú veľkú konkurenciu! Čakanie na obed v jedálni je zakaždým dobrodružstvo. Hlavne, keď sledujete rôzne premyslené techniky, ako sa predbehnúť v rade: niektorí sa z ničoho nič potrebujú rozprávať s niekým, kto je úplnou náhodou na začiatku radu, kde už aj ostanú. Iní sa ospravedlnia, že sa niekam skutočne ponáhľajú. Ďalší sa zas predbehnú bez jediného slova, akoby to bola tá najnormálnejšia vec na svete.

Teraz vyvstáva otázka, ktorá z krajín by mala v predbiehaní sa dostať prvú cenu.

Manu

Preložila: Jana Jašková, Stanislava Dengová

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