Easter in Slovakia is considered to be the most important Christian holiday on the national calendar. Good Friday and Easter Monday are both official public holidays during this season.
|2019||19 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|22 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
|2020||10 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|13 Apr||Mon||Easter Monday|
As about 62 percent of the population is Roman Catholic, Holy Week masses are often attended on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Lent begins 40 days prior to Easter, and Catholics traditionally eat only one full meal on Good Friday. In the evening on Holy Saturday, vigils are held to welcome Easter Morning at midnight.
One special Slovak Easter tradition is the creation of ornately decorated, dyed and patterned Easter eggs known as “kraslica.” This tradition is kept all over Eastern and Central Europe, mostly in Slavic countries, but the egg painting in Slovakia is unique, though very similar to that in neighbouring Czech Republic.
Another tradition is the special culinary aspect of a Slovakian Easter. There is Slovakian Easter bread, which is a fluffy, sweet, buttery loaf with a braided cross pattern on top of it. This bread is traditionally blessed by a priest following Easter Sunday mass. Other common dishes include: potato salad, baked ham, cold cut sandwiches, devilled eggs, “hrudka” (an “eggy cheese”), and roast lamb. Both Easter Sunday and Monday are days to enjoy such feasting.