I am not a part of the
organizers of this interesting happening, so therefore maybe, what I write wonít
be exact, and I wonít be able to remember everything. I am one of those
persons that were able to visit and be inspired by The Hontianska Parada 1997
and pass along a report about it further:
Where does the Hont's Parade
take place? In village called Hrusov, hidden between hills of the Krupina
hill range in the western part of Velky Krtis County.
How is village Hrusov?
Happy, smiling, hospitable and able, warmly welcomes everyone that comes to
their houses, courtyards, and hamlets. Rich in folklore and folk traditions.
When does the Hont's Parade
take place? At the end of August, when everybody is coming home from summer
vacations "we are flying home to our birth places," the holidays are
coming to an end and the summer is using its last warm beams.
photographs are for sale
Who organizes Honts Parade?
Very many enthusiasts, but first of all, village Hrusov, Prebudena Piesen
Society, Matica Slovenska, Slovak Agency for tourism, Association of Farmers
cooperatives of Velky Krtis, and many others whose numbers are getting
close to 100.
What's then The Hont's Parade? Live introduction of different chores of a farmers, craftsmen and the
lifestyle of the past with the possibility to try in the authentic
surroundings on your own skin and with your own hands try everything with
which the Slovak village lived in the past. Possibility not only to learn
something but also to taste something good that they used to cook in the past,
bake and even destined in houses.
Where else you will have
possibility to stay under the roof of good people that will take care of you
as if you were their own family? Traditional way of craft making you can see
in many skanzens, the open-air
folk museums in Slovakia, but bread baking with tasting of freshly baked
bread, burning of coal and making charcoal while drinking a glass of good wine
given to you for your interest shown in this tradition, or being a judge by
tasting the home brew yourself in the competition for the best home distilled
pear brandy, things like these are only offered in Hrusov. Add to this the
possibility of having a snack and a drink in different courtyards. Farmer's
co-op had vegetable specialties. Pub had original gypsy music and offering of
a real Farmer's lunch, Beekeepers court yard had honey cookies, cakes and
home brewed honey drink, Hunters had original Hrusov's goulash served near Hrusov's rarity, cellars carved into side of a rock hill and at the end in
the Fishermen's courtyard local fishermen were inviting you for a fish
perkelt (goulash with sour cream) so good that I am sure it would be eaten
even by people not liking fish.
After all this, when your
legs are hurting from all-day acquainting with the local specialties and
surroundings, the stage of the new amphitheater is waiting for you, where you
will be transformed into the middle of a wedding-unbelievably live picture of
a Hont's wedding presented by Hontís folk groups, followed by programs with
folk traditions of all generations from close and far-away, that last until
Last day of Hrusov's Parade
is Sunday. A day of rest starts with Hrusov's celebratory mass, joined with
pilgrimage to the Calvary. In the afternoon the final performances by the best
folk dance groups of Slovakia: Zeleziar
from Kosice, and Partizan from
Beautiful end to days of
happiness, pleasant experiences, and friendly meetings.
If you decided that this year
of Hrusov's Parade can't be without your presence, well write down this date
21-23 August 1998 and also the phone number for information
011-421-854-910-122, 910-127 or 910-137.
See You in Hrusov, friends.
GO TO FOLKLORE FESTIVALS
Published in the
Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 6, No. 1, Spring 1998
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1998
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