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The Week preceding Easter is a period of great activity when women spring-clean their homes and bake traditional Easter pastries. In the villages, hardboiled eggs are dyed in various colors and hand-painted with intricate geometrical or stylized floral designs. This is a traditional folk art in Hungary and patterns vary from region to region.
Good Friday starts the Easter period on a somber note. Church services are held at 3 o'clock in the afternoon when church-goers all over the country recall the crucifixion of the Savior.
Easter Sunday, church services are held in the morning. After the service the people carry a statue of Christ and religious banners in a procession through the parish, singing appropriate hymns.
Easter Monday in Hungary was referred to as Ducking Monday. Now, boys sprinkle girls with perfume or perfumed water. They wish one another good luck. The girls must reward they boys who spray them. They give them coins or Easter eggs.
Easter Monday is also a day of hospitality when visitors are welcome, Easter greetings are exchanged and guests are served traditional Easter pastries and small glasses of apricot or plum brandy.
In Hungary eggs were often decorated with red flowers on a white ground.
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