My family isn't good at celebrating Easter the way some folks do. This year, I'm trying to up my game even though my kids are basically grown. However, whatever I plan will doubtfully rank anywhere near the more unusual Easter traditions I've known through the years. My time in Eastern Europe wins that prize, hands-down. Many of their Easter traditions pre-date Christianity and are rather lively. Some of the details I remembered were so hard to put into place, that I called on Katarina Tomkova, a former Slovak student, to remind me. During the spring I spent in Stara Lubovna, the Slovak village where Tomkova grew up and now lives, one of my most vivid memories is something her mother did. When it was still cold outside, she planted seeds in water in a small dish. She set the dish in the middle of the table. I ate dinner with the family often that winter and spring. Every day, we would watch the seedlings evolve. Just in time for Easter week, the seeds grew into a tiny field of grass. Then Mrs. Tomkova carefully placed decorated kraslica (hand-painted eggs) on the soft bed of grass for a holiday centerpiece. It… Read full this story
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