Monthly Archives: June 2011

From 52 Weeks in Slovakia: The Annual Killing of Morena

The Annual Killing of Morena June 2, 2011 By Allan Stevo This spring, repeatedly in Slovakia, a woman will be built of straw and clothes, plastered with a face, and burned in effigy.  Her symbolic death will be rejoiced by men and women alike.  Still on fire, she will be flung into the nearest river.  […]

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From 52 Weeks in Slovakia: Graduation Parades Through the Old Town

Graduation Parades May 16, 2011 By Allan Stevo The Thursdays and Fridays throughout May mark a special time in Slovak culture.  A sort of coming of age parade takes place.  Slovak high school students go into the town with every member of their class and beg for money.  They don’t lie about what they are […]

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From 52 Weeks in Slovakia: How Slovaks Will Spend the Next Two Weeks

Hokej May 6, 2011 By Allan Stevo Meet virtually any Slovak, of any socio-economic status from 17 to 81 years old, male or female, face to face in a private conversation and one of the first three questions will always be “Do you like Slovak women?”  Most often, this is the number one question. The […]

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From 52 Weeks in Slovakia: Try This for Your True Love Tomorrow

Maj April 30, 2011 By Allan Stevo A young man who wants to impress a girl at this time of year has a traditional option that he can use to make that happen.  First, he gathers his friends together for a trip into the forest.  They find the tallest, straightest tree, fell it, and bring […]

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From 52 Weeks in Slovakia: An Easter Gift for My Readers: The Elusive Hrudka

Hrudka April 21, 2011 By Allan Stevo Note: This article originally appeared as a guest post at SlovakCooking.com. This Thursday Bratislava empties out.  You don’t want to be on the road, on a train, or even on a bus out of town on Thursday afternoon, because it’s going to be standing room and bumper to […]

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