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  • William C. Wormuth
    Apr 16, 2012
      Mine got SOUSED!

      From: Caye Caswick <ccaswick@...>
      To: "Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com" <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 3:58 PM
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      My cousin in Slovakia got doused!

      From: Michelle Burke <mcmburke@...>
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 2:30 PM
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      I follow a Facebook page about the Buckeye Road neighborhood in Cleveland, from
      the Hungarian perspective, and the Hungarian members were recollecting the
      sprinkling tradition as a Hungarian tradition.  We didn't have that tradition in
      the Slovak part of the neighborhood, at least not in my family.

      From: "Mader, Michelle A. (GRC-CHC0)" <Michelle.A.Mader@...>
      To: "Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com" <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Fri, April 13, 2012 2:39:33 PM
      Subject: RE: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      In Cleveland they refer to it as Dyngus Day and it gets covered here by all the
      local stations. They're not covering Poland's observance, they're covering the
      observance in Cleveland.

      One thing that bugs be about our local coverage is that they seem to be under
      the impression that all of these traditions are isolated. Of course, nothing
      like the Dyngus Day traditions were done in Slovakia, or Croatia, or Slovenia,
      etc. They actually referred to Easter Bread as being a Polish tradition because
      they had a Polish baker on showing them how to make it. :(

      Michelle Maco Mader
      Cleveland, Ohio USA
      From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of LongJohn Wayne
      Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:16 PM
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      I am no longer surprised by the sanctimonious attitudes of the 'reporters' who
      act politically correct while preaching to us their supposed (& pretended)
      beliefs, while smirking, judging or mocking the traditions 'beneath' them off
      camera. Sometimes, as in this case, they cannot contain themselves & their true
      natures come through.

      From: Helen Fedor <helenfedor@...<mailto:helenfedor%40hotmail.com>>
      To: Slovak World
      Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:54 PM
      Subject: RE: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      It's called Szmyngus Dyngus. Long ago I worked with an older Polish fellow who,
      on every Easter Monday, would come around and gently sprinkle (not douse) the
      women in the office who knew of the custom with some cheap eau de cologne.
      Luckily, just a few of us understood, or the air would have reeked by the time
      he finished. ;-)


      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      From: lkocik@...<mailto:lkocik%40comcast.net>
      Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:22:47 +0000
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      I don't know the source,maybe "E news, but on Comcast's home page last night,was
      a clip of Anderson Cooper reporting on a practice in Poland called phonetically;
      "Dingus" or maybe "dinkus" ??

      It is a tradition of young males douseing young woman with water and the girls
      retailliating using whips of braided willow branches.

      The clip was posted, not for the tradition, but because the usually stoic
      Anderson Cooper, had to actually walk off the set while it was still live
      because he broke out it a fit of uncontrollable laughter while reporting on the

      The tradition seems to go with this thread on the "dousings" in Slovakia. I
      thought the clip was more interesting because of Anderson Cooper's reaction. He
      could have been re-acting more to the word that sounded like "dinkus", but I
      would hope we, as Americans, have not become so "cultured" that we can't respect
      the traditions of the old world.


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      From: lkocik@...<mailto:lkocik%40comcast.net>
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:05:07 PM
      Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      .....In the 1950's Slovak neighborhood of my grandparents in Binghamton, N.Y.
      there was a tradition on Easter;... the kids would go door to door with braided
      willow branches and when the adults answered the door we would tap them [gently]
      on the forehead so they would stay strong of mind and then tap them on the hands
      so they would work ha rd. This would be rewarded with treats; candy,fruit,
      and/or coins. We called it "tapping" but the Slovak word would be phonetically
      something like schla-huting.

      A quick comment on what Ben said about the girls actually looking forward to the
      boys dousing them as in the video......

      William Shatner, in his role as Denny Crane on the t.v. series "Boston Legal"
      once said when he was defending a client in a sexual harassment suit;..."There
      is one thing worse for a woman than to be looked upon as a sexual object...that
      would be to not be looked upon as a sexual object ".

      We've gone way overboard with political correctness in this country and our
      children, mine included, are much to jaded to enjoy something so pure and
      simple. Thank God Slovakia hasn't caught up to America.

      Vesele Velikonoce [belated]

      larry kocik

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      From: "votrubam" <votrubam@...<mailto:votrubam%40yahoo.com>>
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com<mailto:Slovak-World%40yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, April 9, 2012 8:32:15 AM
      Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Easter Monday - downpours forecast

      > I was inquiring about your use of the term "fun."
      > My question was "fun for whom?"

      Here are a few comments from a discussion at a Slovak mothers' website:

      ---- I've always liked Easter although, at first, when the "dousers" came, I
      didn't know what face to show, but then it was always fun. We were 4 sisters,
      oh... all those plans how to block the bathroom... and then the windows were
      full of drying clothes as after a lot of laundry!

      ---- Our princess is 6, but she's already looking forward to "dousers" (I'm sure
      she'll lose the enthusiasm eventually). I'd rather go out for a hike.

      ---- Don't do it to her for sure, don't worry, she'll be a teenager soon and
      will love it.

      ---- I'm also wondering how to avoid it, but our daughter is looking forward to
      it so much that I can't bring myself to spoil it for her. Let me just add that
      we've been through worse; I am an obnoxious mom, aren't I?

      ---- We ignore the dousing, go to the ZOO each year. My husband and sons
      sprinkle us in the morning, and that's it. I'm nasty, I know, but I've deprived
      them of this.

      Some mothers expressed as little enthusiasm as Inez, which matches the history
      of the custom: traditionally, and as the videos show, through the present, it
      was mostly done by young, unmarried men to young unmarried women, often their
      love interests. The more "dousers" a girl had, the more marriable she appeared.
      The tradition has been waning for decades. There has been no research into how
      women truly feel about it today. Surely, some men dislike it, too.

      The tradition dates back to the ancient, pre-Christian times: the spring rite of
      cleansing, etc. It used to be more widespread in the distant past. The
      approximate Central European dividing line used to be "whipping" in the Czech
      lands and western Poland, water in Slovakia and north (Poland), south (Hungary)
      of it. The Slovaks eventually learned to do both.


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