Easter in Europe
Just like many places in Europe have large German Christmas markets, there are Easter markets. The one here in Prague is really big (that’s where I got my pastry yesterday), and it has many decorated stalls selling traditional Czech food, as well as crafts and other things. Though 90% of Czechs are atheist, they still celebrate Easter traditions.
Today I was walking around the market when I heard some loud, upbeat drum music coming from nearby. I turned the corner and saw a procession of people following three men on stilts and a trailer pulling a man playing the drum set that I had heard. I decided to join the crowd and followed them on their journey through the streets.
At one point, they stopped so that one of the stilt guys could put together two pieces of wood he had been carrying to assemble a cross. Then another stilt guy crowned him with a circle of thorns, and the walk continued. Eventually we reached a small square and everyone gathered round as the Jesus stilt guy re-enacted being crucified. Then a pastor came out to read a sermon. I left at that point because he was reading in Czech, and Molly was waiting for me.
Ultimately, the whole thing seemed a little half-hearted, but I guess if less than 10% of the population cares about it, they probably didn’t feel like putting any more effort into the performance. I still enjoyed seeing it because I’ve never done anything for Good Friday before, so it was interesting to be in a place that observed it.