Easter Monday Sprinkling in Holloko, UNESCO site
Every Easter Monday there is a tradition unique to Hungary: all the girls of the household get up early, finely paint eggs with red laquer, and then dress in their finest clothes and wait. Then throughout the day the boys and men of the town arrive at the house one by one and recite a poem to the girls. This seems very romantic until the end of the poem when the boy then throws cold water over the girl and rather than being slapped is proudly presented with the painted egg in return!
In recent times the water has been replaced by perfume so that the girl ends up smelling like a bad perfumery at the end of the day. However, I believe in keeping traditions alive and opt instead for the water, the colder the better!
This UNESCO site will be the perfect location to see this tradition with energetic folk dancers and musicians performing in this traditional settlement from the 17th and 18th centuries with its original architecture. Situated to the north east from Budapest in the Cserhat mountains, the village streets looks as if one of the Hungarian folk fairy tales came alive.
Secure your place with us leaving from Budapest regularly. It is about 1 hour drive from Budapest only.
Price of the full day tour cost: 140 €/car
Price includes transport to and from Budapest plus about 4 hour stay in the village on the way back stopping at the beautiful Holloko Castle.