Old woman winter- you're not welcome anymore!
"Morena" was taken out to the river, lit on fire and thrown into the Botic river so that winter would leave and spring could finally come. Morena is a scarecrow who represents old woman winter. The ancient custom of chasing out winter and welcoming spring dates back to Pagan times was celebrated at Prague's Toulcuv Dvur this weekend.
"We make a puppet called Morena or Marena- it depends on the part of Bohemia where the custom is being practiced. People carry the puppet and while carrying it, they sing a song that is something like, "winter you bad woman, now we are taking you to the river and winter will be over."
"I would like to teach my children as much as possible about their roots, especially old traditions. This is our life, our traditions are treasures!"
We have gathered at the edge of the river with old woman of winter and we are going to light her up.
Now everyone is suppose to run away! Let's hope winter is finally behind us and spring can blossom!