Picture This A Quick Shower

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On Easter Monday, it is an old Hungarian custom for boys to throw water at girls. The exact origins of "Wet Monday" remain unknown, but it is thought to either have to do with traditional Christian baptism or with the cleansing power of a quick shower, at the beginning of spring. In modern Hungary, the buckets of water have been replaced by small bottles of perfume or a quick spray of some perfumed water. And the wetter and more perfumed a girl is, the more popular she apparently becomes. In the 21st century, modern Hungarians hide in apartment stairwells to try and dowse one another and girls chase after boys as well. In the historical village of Holloko, northeast of Budapest, however, celebrations started early this year.

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