In September 2019 our Slovak team visited the most eastern part of Slovakia, which borders on Poland and Ukraine in the north and east respectively. The region is coated by the typical Carphatian landscape with original virgin woods in the National Park of Poloniny and it boasts the precious Orthodox and Greek Catholic wooden churches, which ornament the area. Many of them are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Easter is one of the most significant Christian holidays in Slovakia. It is a moveable holiday, so its date changes every year.In Slovakia believers commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and they celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus on Easter Sunday. Slovak Easter is associated with many customs, traditions, symbols and traditional decorations.
Kutná Hora is a town in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. The town began in 1142 with the settlement of Sedlec Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, Sedlec Monastery, brought from the Imperial immediate Cistercian Waldsassen Abbey. By 1260, German miners began to mine for silver in the mountain region, which […]
Telč is situated at the south-west tip of Moravia in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic, half-way between Prague and Vienna. It would be hard to imagine a more fairytale-like little town than Telč. A square which looks like it has come straight from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, a romantic chateau and […]
Kroje (pronounced “kro-yeh”) are folk costumes worn by Czechs and Slovaks. Gothic influence is seen in tying shawls and kerchiefs on the head. Fine pleats and gathered lace collars typify the Renaissance era. From Baroque bell-shaped skirts to delicate Slavic patterns, these folk costumes show the complex growth of Czech and Slovak traditions. Kroje had many regional variants with typical decorations and/or colours.
“This is a Christmas Carol, a Villancico, and on Christmas Eve (Noche buena) we like playing this song with a ‘zambomba’.” A zambomba is a traditional friction drum. The friction of a reed going in and out of the drum makes a special sound.
The typical traditional costumes in Schaumburg were worn in the rural areas where
mainly three different variations exist in the region since the 18th century:
- the Bückeburger style
- the Lindhorster style
- the Friller style
Major differences between the different styles were the shape of the women‘s cap and some customs when wearing the different variations of the costumes.
Weser Renaissance & Half-timbered houses
The typical architecture in Stadthagen and the county of Schaumburg is mainly in the Weserrainessance style. This is a Northern and Central German interpretation of the Italian Renaissance style named after the river Weser, not far from Stadthagen.
Traditional cake from Chodsko, which is in south-west part of the Czech Republic
Slovakia is divided into 28 regions. Every region has it own national costumes, songs, traditions, meals… Folk culture plays an important role in the history of our country. It is important to note that all forms of traditional dress (kroj) are a result of centuries of development.