Friday, October 30, 2015

Easter Markets of Prague

Last December we were scheduled to visit the Christmas Markets in Budapest.  However, a hospital stay meant that we had to cancel.  When I heard about the Easter markets in Prague, I knew we had to go.  I'm a bit embarrassed to be posting about Easter Markets when everyone is getting geared up for the Christmas Markets.  But, maybe you'll add it to your travel plans for next year.  Because the Easter Markets in Prague are delightful.

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

During the Communist Era of Czechoslovakia between 1948 and 1989, the Easter markets and other traditions died away a bit.  But these days the markets are back, vibrant and full of color.

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Traditionally, the young men of the village would braid branches into a whip or poml├ízka. On Easter Monday, they would go through the village, house to house and whip the legs of the young girls to bring health and youth.  The girls would tie brightly colored ribbons to the ends of the switch in reward.

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

The girls would also gift the boys with brightly colored handcrafted Easter Eggs.  There are hundreds of them at the markets in every design and color you can imagine.  I wanted to buy all of them.

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

We also wanted to buy all of the food...

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

... and wine.  These humongous hams roasting on a spit were fantastic with a guy standing by with a cleaver to cut off a massive chunk of meat.  The servings were not shy.  Can't you just smell it?

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

You will certainly not go hungry in Prague. 

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

This is hot chocolate, but not just any hot chocolate.  It's thick and hot and decadent and glorious.  More like warm chocolate syrup.  I ordered one and took a sip. I offered Matt a sip which he took and then handed the cup back to me.  A moment later when he reached for the cup for another taste, it was empty.  I might have given him a huge chocolate mustached smile. 

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

At Old Town Square there is a stage and throughout the day folk groups, dancers and musicians perform. It's a wonderful festive atmosphere with so many smiling faces. 

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

The European Christmas Market are undoubtedly magical and a must see experience.  Now I also suggest a trip to Prague to visit the Easter markets for a little Spring magic.  

Easter Markets of Prague, Czech Republic

The Easter markets are held at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square.  They are free and open to the public every day for a few weeks.  I've even looked up the dates for you for next year.  They run from March 12 to April 2, 2016.  Na Zdravi

Woohoo! Three posts this week just like I said.  Now let's see if I can do the same next week.  By the way, thank you so much for those of you that have commented.  I promise I'll respond.  

Have you visited the Christmas or Easter markets of Europe?  



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