Easter in Slovakia

I’ve just returned from a wonderful wedding/Easter visit with my family in Slovakia.  In addition to reliving all the Easter traditions from my childhood, we welcomed a new baby, Mishka, born the day after Easter, and a new married couple to the family,  Stanka and Tono.  I’d like to share with you some photos of our visit.  More photos can be found on the Slovakia Heritage Facebook page:

Blessing the Easter Baskets.
Blessing the Easter Baskets.
The brilliant  yellow rape seed(canola) crop highlights the delicate Spring greens and pinks.
The brilliant yellow rape seed(canola) crop highlights the delicate Spring greens and pinks.
Families smoke their own ham(left,boiling) and make their own fresh Easter cheese from eggs and milk.
Families smoke their own ham(left,boiling) and make their own fresh Easter cheese from eggs and milk.
Two-year old Samko learns to strain the cheese in cheese cloth.
Two-year old Samko learns to strain the cheese in cheese cloth.
Eggs are decorated in natural dyes and age-old designs.
Eggs are decorated in natural dyes and age-old designs.
Since the end of the Soviet era, Slovaks have painted their houses in happy, bright hues.
Since the end of the Soviet era, Slovaks have painted their houses in happy, bright hues.
Soup begins the meal of blessed Easter specialities.
Soup begins the meal of blessed Easter specialities.
Family visiting with my mother's cousins Bozena and Marcel.
Family visiting with my mother’s cousins Bozena and Marcel.

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