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Memoir highlights Czech & Slovak Easter traditions

Check out this story, an excerpt from memoir “Greenwich Meridian.”

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Easter evokes memories of Czech Republic

By Emma Palova

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In my memoir “Greenwich Meridian,” I write about Czech and Slovak traditions that I have witnessed while living in Czechoslovakia with a touch of nostalgia. Some of them disappeared along with the old regimes, but most have survived mainly in villages and small towns preserved by enthusiastic small groups of people. Festive costumes for the holidays and special events reflect these traditions, as well as  music, dance, food, and customs specific to each village and town.

We lived in Zlin, Moravia, which is the central part of former Czechoslovakia embedded in traditions. Both as a child and an adult, I lived and visited with my grandparents in Vizovice, a treasure trove of traditions.

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Easter celebrations in Czech and some other European countries are longer by one day, and that is Monday.
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