We carry real eggs hand-decorated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, real eggs decorated by Czech ladies living in the US, and everything else that will help you bring more Czech and Slovak culture into your home this Easter.
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The Czech and Slovak Easter traditions are deeply embedded in the villages of Moravia and Slovakia, and they are not as prevalent in the big cities such as Prague or Bratislava.
Most families color eggs in dyes or onion skins for the deep brown color and polish the eggs with butter and set them on the Easter table to reward the revelers, along with a bottle of plum brandy, desserts, lamb pound cake, and open-faced sandwiches.
Easter egg artists make “kraslice,” which are decorated empty eggshells after the yolks and whites have been blown out. These pieces of delicate art painted on a fragile shell are the mainstay of Easter sold at markets and gift shops, along with hand-embroidered tablecloths and…
Slovak folk majolica is still considered a synonym of Slovak ceramics. Its history began in 1883, when the Ceramic-Industrial School, the predecessor of Slovak folk majolica, was founded in Modra.
In 1911, the workshop began working as a participating company “Clay tableware workshop, folk industry, account. spol “. Representatives of important ceramic families, as well as new ceramicists such as Heřman Landsfeld and Ján Ludvig, worked in the production and developed a new sample card for the workshop. The sample book absorbed the ornamentation of several West Slovak pitcher workshops.
In 1922, the workshop adopted the new name “Slovak ceramics”. Under this name, it has gained popularity throughout Europe and at world exhibitions. A new stage in existence and production began to be written after 1952, when the workshop passed under the association of cooperatives and adopted the name Slovak Folk Majolica.
Slovak folk majolica has maintained folk art traditions in Slovakia for more than 130 years, making it one of the oldest producers in Sasha. The current products of the Slovak Folk Majolica try to approach the modern processing of ceramics by using historical sample books and traditional production methods, which are time-consuming.
Slovak Folk Majolica is also a holder of a certificate of health safety of the materials used, so it is not a problem to use all products at home or as decorative jewelry. Modranská majolica was inscribed in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of Slovakia in November 2017.
The ways people left communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War.
The traveling exhibit is now on loan from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids at the Czech and Slovak Ed. Center and Cultural Museum in Omaha, NE. Check it out this weekend Feb. 5th & 6th at the museum.
This unique event runs through Feb. 27 on Saturdays and Sundays during the museum open hours.
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids conducted nearly 300 oral history interviews through its landmark project Recording Voices & Documenting Memories of Czech & Slovak Americans. The project was an effort to collect and preserve the stories of 20th-century immigrants who fled Communist Czechoslovakia. No one could have anticipated the personal drama conveyed in these stories. Leaving Czechoslovakia brings this oral history project to life presenting the stories of these émigrés in their own words. This is a traveling exhibit on loan from NCSML.
This is our 32nd Christmas living on the North American continent. We have kept most of the Czech Christmas traditions. Let me start with the oldest ones. The no. 1 undisputed Czech holiday tradition is baking. Recipes are passed from one generation to the next, sometimes perfected, sometimes left at their best.
Most women and girls start baking at the beginning of December and the reason is simple; cookies like Linzer and marzipan have to soften over time for the best taste.
I usually bake the third week in December, this year was an exception as I baked with our granddaughter Josephine for the first time ever. So we started early last Saturday before the power went out due to high winds. I passed on the baking tradition to our kids, Emma and Jake, now it’s our grandkids’ turn.
Somewhere in an old shoebox, I have print photos of Jake…
Check out these Slovak Christmas traditions. What are yours? Share with our readers, your Czech and Slovak Christmas traditions.
Waffles, “oplátky”, were traditionally made by teachers. They started baking them right after a celebration of St-Lucia. A few days before, pupils would run from home to home, singing a song they learnt at school and asking for the wheat.
Christmas trees started to decorate towns by the end of 18th century. But in the countryside, it was much later, the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century. This tradition came from Germany.
In the past, the legs of the Christmas table were wrapped in an iron chain. This was supposed to ensure the cohesion of the family.
The hard fondants, “salónky”, that we hang on the Christmas tree originate from Hungary. They came to Slovakia in the 19th century.
It was men who used to bake Christmas gingerbread cookies in the 16th century because it…