In many countries the Monday after Easter is known as Wet Monday, because of the tradition of sprinkling each other with water. This is supposed to bring luck throughout the year to the one sprinkled.
In Czech Republic and Slovakia men in the morning would spank women. Such spanking is not intended to hurt, and they believe that it ensures women keep good health and beauty during the year. The spanked woman traditionally gave an Easter egg in return. In the afternoon or the following day women could spank the men as revenge. With some variations, this custom existed in the pastime also in other European regions. In England men held parades lifting each woman three times from the ground, receiving a kiss, an Easter egg or a coin, the following day women did the same with men.
In Russia the merry festivities at last began after the Lent and Easter period of humility and moderation. The streets were filled with merry companies, dancing, singing, playing. The particular Russian tradition was riding on a swing – everyone had to try it in the village.
In Ukraine and Belarus Volochebnik was performed on Bright Monday, when young men or girls went from house to house with kind wishes and singing. They received treats like Easter eggs, pies and other food.
In Leicestershire (England) there is an ancient tradition of Bottle-kicking and Hare Pie Scramble, held between the villages of Hallaton and Medbourne. The legend has it that two ladies of the Hallaton were saved from a raging bull by a startled hare, who had distracted the bull. In gratitude for their rescue, the ladies started a tradition of donating money to the church, so that every Easter Monday the vicar would provide a hare pie, twelve penny loaves, and 2 barrels of beer for the poor of the village. The villagers would fight each other for the food and drink, and taking advantage of the occasion, the residents of the Medbourne village joined the fight and stole the beer. The inhabitants of Hallaton had to unite themselves to cooperated to retrieve the grants, and from then on the rivalry of the two villages started, lasting until today.
Nowadays the villagers hold a large hare pie parade in Hallaton, reconstructing the legend and the grants. They reach a hill outside the village, where a kind of rugby game is played by the teams of two villages, using small wooden barrels filled with ale as balls. Both teams try to roll the barrels down of the hillside facing their village.
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