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23-10-2016, 21:59 UTC
Braiding the Easter whip
The Easter whip
(tatar, slehacka, zíla...)

Whipping brings good luck, wealth and rich harvest for the whole year. The strength from the rods is passed onto the person whipped. The whip or "pomlazka" is made from willow rods. The easiest variety is made from three rods, but it can be braided from 8, 12 or even 24 rods.

An eight-rod whip

Soak eight thick rods until soft and flexible. Tie thick bottom end tightly together and cross individual rods - from the left and from the right in turns, see picture. Tie the top of the "pomlazka" and decorate with colourful ribbons.