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  • William C. Wormuth
    Tomorrow is a special day in Slovakia, the first of May. It is not celebrated because it is communist but because it is an ancient holiday. In Zahorie, the
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 30, 2011
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      Tomorrow is a special day in Slovakia, the first of May.

      It is not celebrated because it is communist but because it is an ancient
      holiday.


      In Zahorie, the people cut tall pine trees, strip all but the top branches, tie
      ribbons on them and stand them in the ground.

      In the evening people enjoy roasting klobasy over a Bonfire, drinking, jokong,
      laughing and singing. Those who do not, open their windows wide, to listen.

      In Kúty, as you pass the local bar, (Casino), you will see the Maypole, with
      ribbons and empty wine bottles, swaying in the wind.

      Although the communists forced the people to parade through the village on this
      communist "Workers Day", the people were laughing and thanking them for giving
      them the day off on their traditional Mayday.

      So, tomorrow, I will raise my glass of "Domaci" Slivovica, (from Moravia),
      wishing you a Happy Summer.

      S Panem Bohem,

      Vilko

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    • William C. Wormuth
      Enjoy! http://www.nitricka.tv/spravodajstvo/aktuality/tradicne-stavanie-maja-v-slovenskom-polnohospodarskom-muzeu.html?page_id=1404
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        Enjoy!
        http://www.nitricka.tv/spravodajstvo/aktuality/tradicne-stavanie-maja-v-slovenskom-polnohospodarskom-muzeu.html?page_id=1404






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        From: William C. Wormuth <senzus@...>
        To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sat, April 30, 2011 12:42:28 PM
        Subject: Vesele Prvniho Maj 2011


        Tomorrow is a special day in Slovakia, the first of May.

        It is not celebrated because it is communist but because it is an ancient
        holiday.


        In Zahorie, the people cut tall pine trees, strip all but the top branches, tie
        ribbons on them and stand them in the ground.

        In the evening people enjoy roasting klobasy over a Bonfire, drinking, jokong,
        laughing and singing. Those who do not, open their windows wide, to listen.

        In Kúty, as you pass the local bar, (Casino), you will see the Maypole, with
        ribbons and empty wine bottles, swaying in the wind.

        Although the communists forced the people to parade through the village on this
        communist "Workers Day", the people were laughing and thanking them for giving
        them the day off on their traditional Mayday.

        So, tomorrow, I will raise my glass of "Domaci" Slivovica, (from Moravia),
        wishing you a Happy Summer.

        S Panem Bohem,

        Vilko

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      • LongJohn Wayne
        Vilko:   I was wandering about Zentrum Kosice yesterday when I witnessed the events you just described.  I was watching a woodcutter make pipes next to St.
        Message 3 of 4 , May 1, 2011
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          Vilko:
           
          I was wandering about Zentrum Kosice yesterday when I witnessed the events you just described.  I was watching a woodcutter make pipes next to St. Elizabeth's when I heard a racket like a fife & drum corps marching.  So I wandered over.  There were groups of adolescent men w/ black fedoras, some w/ black feathers in them walking w/in formations w/ bottles that appeared to be almost empty.  Each group of young men was wearing embroidered eggshell colored pants, embroidered white shirts, black vests w/ bright stitching, and knee length boots w/ cymbals instead of spurs.  Each group had a slightly different outfit.  But each member of each group had a matching outfit.  The drummers led the way, w/ these young men behind.  Then came the tree bearers.  I would say it was about 60 feet tall, at least, stripped of limbs up to the top tuft.
           
          Then the young ladies followed.  And while they did not have identical dresses, the dresses were all very similar to each other member of the group.  For instance, some were draped across the front in a floral pattern, but not the exact floral pattern.  But the style would be the same for each group.  Others had boots on w/ very bright skirts & vests or blouses.  While they did not match each other in color, they DID however match in the pattern of the stitching or pattern.  It was pretty amazing to see.
           
          As a side comment, as I came to Kosice from Trencin by train, I could see the May Poles from many small towns that had already erected them.  It was very quaint.
           
          Generally speaking, the youngest girls were first, and they were adorable.  They had their teachers or parents minding them since they didn't seem to have the slightest idea where to go or what to do.
           
          But everyone was singing the same song, and it was like being washed by a shower as they passed.  The different voices, first younger boys, then hearty young men, in the prime of life, followed by tiny girls, just able to walk, and then in groups of increasing age.
           
          It appeared that the outfits were a hand-made affair, which only added to the beauty & originality.  And the procession arrived at the town square after meandering past several monuments, park squares, St Elizabeth's, the 'Singing' Fountains, and the old Opera House.  There were several bands w/ bass fiddle, several fiddles, I think at least one flute & several vocal groups.
           
          I am not certain as so much has happened in teh last few days, as to whether the women & girls tied thier ribbons on to the tree, or if the folk dancing ensued.  But at some point the tree or pole was raised to triumphal cheers, and a lot of laughter.  It was an impressive affair.
           
          And some of the dancers were outstanding.  I had never seen anything like this in person.  The men were doing some pretty acrobatic stuff, aside from stomping, slapping & clapping.  And the women were whirling like dervishes in circles within circles, their numerous petticoats awhirl.
           
          And the stage was so full that many of the other dancers were performing on a little wooden dance floor in front that went out in to the audience.
           
          Tiny little young ones were bouncing around in front, which only made it more of a pure delight.  Some dancers grabbed folks from the audience & it became a general dance.
           
          What a blast, Vilko.  Your spirit was here yesterday, I can assure you.
           
          I beg of those of you who have never been to Slovakia, to save your pennies & nickels, so that one day you can see this fine gem of our predecessors.
           
          The thunderstorm has passed.  But the drizzle remains.  It is first intermission during the hockey game.
           
          Chuck

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          From: William C. Wormuth <senzus@...>
          Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Vesele Prvniho Maj 2011
          To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 1:35 PM


           



          Enjoy!
          http://www.nitricka.tv/spravodajstvo/aktuality/tradicne-stavanie-maja-v-slovenskom-polnohospodarskom-muzeu.html?page_id=1404

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          From: William C. Wormuth <senzus@...>
          To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Sat, April 30, 2011 12:42:28 PM
          Subject: Vesele Prvniho Maj 2011

          Tomorrow is a special day in Slovakia, the first of May.

          It is not celebrated because it is communist but because it is an ancient
          holiday.

          In Zahorie, the people cut tall pine trees, strip all but the top branches, tie
          ribbons on them and stand them in the ground.

          In the evening people enjoy roasting klobasy over a Bonfire, drinking, jokong,
          laughing and singing. Those who do not, open their windows wide, to listen.

          In Kúty, as you pass the local bar, (Casino), you will see the Maypole, with
          ribbons and empty wine bottles, swaying in the wind.

          Although the communists forced the people to parade through the village on this
          communist "Workers Day", the people were laughing and thanking them for giving
          them the day off on their traditional Mayday.

          So, tomorrow, I will raise my glass of "Domaci" Slivovica, (from Moravia),
          wishing you a Happy Summer.

          S Panem Bohem,

          Vilko

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        • LongJohn Wayne
          Happy Summer, Vilko.  In your honor, I climbed to the top of Trencin castle last week while I was there.   Chuck ... From: William C. Wormuth
          Message 4 of 4 , May 1, 2011
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            Happy Summer, Vilko.  In your honor, I climbed to the top of Trencin castle last week while I was there.
             
            Chuck

            --- On Sat, 4/30/11, William C. Wormuth <senzus@...> wrote:


            From: William C. Wormuth <senzus@...>
            Subject: [Slovak-World] Vesele Prvniho Maj 2011
            To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 12:42 PM


             



            Tomorrow is a special day in Slovakia, the first of May.

            It is not celebrated because it is communist but because it is an ancient
            holiday.

            In Zahorie, the people cut tall pine trees, strip all but the top branches, tie
            ribbons on them and stand them in the ground.

            In the evening people enjoy roasting klobasy over a Bonfire, drinking, jokong,
            laughing and singing. Those who do not, open their windows wide, to listen.

            In Kúty, as you pass the local bar, (Casino), you will see the Maypole, with
            ribbons and empty wine bottles, swaying in the wind.

            Although the communists forced the people to parade through the village on this
            communist "Workers Day", the people were laughing and thanking them for giving
            them the day off on their traditional Mayday.

            So, tomorrow, I will raise my glass of "Domaci" Slivovica, (from Moravia),
            wishing you a Happy Summer.

            S Panem Bohem,

            Vilko

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