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Good Practices

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The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • Folk Christmas
    Czech Republic | Christmas

    Ethnographic event held throughout the Advent and Christmas in the area of open –air museum in Přerov nad Labem. The event is accompanied by thematic exhibitions devoted to folk customs related to Christmas and Advent time in rural culture of the central river Labe basin region.

  • Busó Festivities at Mohács: Masked End-of-Winter Carnival Custom
    Hungary | Rest Days and Celebrations

    The busó [boosho] festivities at Mohács are an end-of-winter custom performed by persons in special masks as a ritual aiming to expel winter. The main features are the busós – frightening-looking figures wearing wooden masks and big woolly cloaks. This line of events, now a festival of national renown, includes a parade accompanied by dance and music attracting the entire population of the city, the busó groups, the craftsmen/women who created the masks and other accessories as well as musicians and dancers. These traditional festivities have been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO in 2009.

  • “Tikverőzés” Ritual in Moha – Masked Carnival Tradition
    Hungary | Rest Days and Celebrations

    The Chicken-hitting tradition is connected to the last day of the Carnival season, also known as Shrove Tuesday. Young men in the village of Moha (in Fejér County, west-central Hungary) gather together, put on traditional masks and costumes, and proceed from house to house soliciting donations of food.

  • The Pentecostal Church Decorating in Mende
    Hungary | Rest Days and Celebrations

    In Mende, eight poplar trees decorated with ribbons, embroidered and crocheted scarves are erected in the central aisle of the church for the Pentecost. The church service takes place with the congregation under the decorated trees. The three-day celebration was originally part of the local ethnic Slovak community’s traditions but the non-Slovak Catholics and Lutherans in Mende and the surrounding villages also participate. The custom has been inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hungary in 2011.

  • Emmaus Ritual in Bóly – Folk Tradition of Easter Monday
    Hungary | Easter

    The Easter Monday Emmaus Ritual is an over a 100-year-old ethnic German tradition with a biblical theme still actively practiced in the small town of Bóly (Baranya County) in the southern part of Hungary.

  • The Carnival in Podlavice
    Slovakia | Dancing, Rest Days and Celebrations

    Podlavice, originally a small village, is now a neighbourhood of the city of Banská Bystrica with a predominantly concrete „socialist“ achitecture, and partly also remaining rural architecture. Local Civic Committee Podlavice-Skubín and Pensioners Club Dúbrava are active organisers of events inspired by local folk culture traditions that are held in the local House of Culture. The Carnival festival with all segments of traditional ceremony is one of the most popular of all events. In addition, traditional pig-slaughtering, cibuľačka – onion meals cooking or traditional sledge competition (krňačky) are also annually organised.

  • The Grape Harvest Festival in Sebechleby
    Slovakia | Food and Beverages, Beverages, Harvest festival

    The village of Sebechleby is located in Central Slovakia in the Krupina district. The wine-making village architecture constists of stone or wooden houses raised on top of traditional tuff cellars.

  • Baďan – Podsitnianske Days of Plenty
    Slovakia | Festive dress, Rest Days and Celebrations

    The village of Baďan is situated in Central Slovakia in the Banská Štiavnica district. Podsitnianske Days of Plenty is an event that connects several villages of the microregion.

  • Setting up a Giant “Butarica” (Palm Sunday Bundle) at Janče
    Slovenia | Rest Days and Celebrations

    Tradition of making paper flowers in the Janče area dates back to at least the 2nd half of the 19th century. When people started to decorate Palm Sunday bundles with the flowers is not known, but it has been a common practice as far as local memory goes.

  • Dnevi teric/Days of women scutching flax
    Slovenia | Art Objects - decorative, Costumes, Leather and Fabrics

    “Dan teric/Days of women scutching flax” is the event with ethnographic presentations of the linen processing which also educates people about local history. During the event processing of linen is shown; it is performed by the locals wearing traditional costumes.