Search
Google

Advertise with Us!

Tisza Lodge Tiszaderzs

Puszta.com = serving foreign visitors to Hungary
English content --> Your Ad
+

Photo Gallery

Welcome to the Puszta.com photo gallery, a continually updated collection of photo contest entries and our personal and visitor photographs.

Come and see the thousand faces of Hungary and the Hungarian culture
.

December 28. Childermas

In Hungary, the Feast of the Holy Innocents falls on the same day with the traditional "birching", a fertility custom known almost everywhere in Europe.


On the Christian calendar, the Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas) commemorates the infanticide in Jerusalem in the time of Herod the Great.


Hungarian fertility custom, december 28, aproszentek, vesszozes
Image source: Hungarian Electronic Library


A well-known Hungarian tradition for this day was “vesszőzés” (“birching”), a fertility custom known almost everywhere in Europe. Young shepherds and boys walked around the villages with bundles of young shoots, from which farmers or their wives would take one, and use it for driving the cattle out to pasture in the spring.

According to the same custom, girls were lightly whipped with a young shoot, to wish them good health and fertility in the new year.