In each country, family traditions are quite diverse and rich, even though the civilized world makes its own adjustments to every family, disrupting the way that has developed over the years.
Changes can easily be succumbed to more or less young countries that can freely combine modern living standards with their family values and customs.
The situation is more complicated in those countries where for centuries many generations of family values and traditions have been handed down from generation to generation, which means to change everything that was expensive.
Still, if you look into the families of different countries, you can see what people themselves probably do not already notice. They live according to strictly established rules, which have only slightly changed. These rules were set not by themselves, but by their parents, and for parents in turn by their parents and so on.
Even family holidays and events take place in different families in each family, and these holidays are celebrated according to national traditions, which will still be at least to a small extent in each country.
Slovakia is a country in which the modern world has made significant changes. However, after all, the family in Slovakia has one distinguishing feature in that people here have learned to simply perfectly combine modern rules and way of life with ancient, long-standing traditions and customs.
In many respects this is manifested in the celebration of family and traditional public holidays. No one violates the rules on which it is customary to celebrate a national holiday, all follow strict rules that establish the traditions of the nation.
All family gatherings in Slovakia gather for all family holidays, regardless of whether they live in the same city or in different countries, but the holiday unites them all together. Perhaps, after the holiday, they will all leave, and they will not communicate until the next such meeting, but most importantly, they gathered at the same table, as tradition requires.
Such events always have a welcoming atmosphere when relatives exchange news, share their achievements and achievements of their children, discuss the latest news. Holidays are held together and very fun.
An example of the most vivid tradition for Slovak families is a holiday like the New Year, everyone’s beloved and long-awaited. It is a holiday that is simply crowded with different traditions and rules that are strictly observed in every family.
There are, of course, exceptions, but basically, every family celebrates this holiday the way it was many years ago. All traditions in the New Year are connected with attracting prosperity, luck, love and happiness to the house and family in the new year.
Christmas in Slovakia is also surrounded by numerous traditions, one of which is that all members of the family before Christmas should keep a fast post and do not eat anything. The post will end only when the first star appears in the sky, which is considered a symbol of the star of Bartholomew. The appearance of the first star is evidence of the birth of Jesus Christ.
However, after the rise of the first star, it is necessary to observe a number of rituals, one of which is the washing of the face and hands of all members of the family before proceeding to the meal. This rite is designed to ensure that on this significant day everyone enters purified from adversity, and starts it from scratch.
Part of this ritual is that it is necessary to find the largest coin in the house and carry out the ritual of ablution, so that the new year brings prosperity to the house.
After the ceremony in Slovakia, you can start a Christmas meal. For each nationality, a table is made that consists of the best traditional national dishes, and at the table all traditions are always respected, even in families where traditions have been completely forgotten.
In Slovakia, it is not customary to put knives on the Christmas table, because they can bring discord and constant quarrels into the family and the house will not abandon these quarrels all year.The festive table in Slovak families is very rich with a large selection of different national dishes, but dishes from fatty foods are excluded. This is related to the meaning of the holiday.
In Slovakia it is customary for all family and other holidays to take all children, even the smallest ones, in order to accustom them to their common family so that they can see that family and kinship relations mean a lot for each family member.
Children in the family are brought up quite freely, the main thing is that they learn the basic life values and rules by which they should respect their parents and seniors, and appreciate their national and family traditions.
In other cases, children feel relatively free among adults and understand perfectly well when they should not interfere with adults’ conversations, and when they can take advantage of the moment and ask a question.
Because of this, family celebrations in Slovakia can not be met, children’s disrespect for the fears and their communication, as well as seeing a capricious child can be very rare. In most cases, in Slovakia, children and parents communicate on an equal footing.
Almost complete equality in Slovak families, observance of all the rules and customs during family holidays and other important events is an excellent example of ideal family relationships, if not for the presence of some nuances of family relations in this case, when relatives almost do not communicate with each other . Sometimes relatives can lose sight of each other even for a few years.
Complicated family relationships in Slovakia are related to the fact that parents do not try to keep children near themselves, and live separately. Children also rarely seek help from their parents, and they also do not offer their help if they are not asked.
The independence of parents and children naturally leads to the collapse of many family and family ties and, if not for the traditions of holidays, then even what exists at the present time would not have existed long ago.