Czech Culture Comes To The Crossroads

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 11/13/2013 9:45 am

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Reuben Petrusek would be the first to tell you he isn't the best at making ornaments out of dough, but this class isn't about that.

For him, just learning how to do something his grandparents did back when they lived in the Czech Republic is a way for him to keep old traditions going.

"All of our ancestors were from Eastern Czech Republic, Moravia. So we are just trying to pick up on some of the things our ancestors did years and years ago," Petrusek said.

Reuben, along with others who attended, learned about different traditions done in the Czech culture.

The students learned about dough ornaments, egg decorating, and wheat weaving.

While this may just seem like fun, instructor Daniela Mahoney, who is from the Czech Republic, believes learning these skills holds a deeper meaning.

"I feel it is important to preserve our cultural heritage to connect ourselves to our roots and our heritage," Mahoney said.

So as Petrusek continues to work on the dough, he knows he doesn't have to make something amazing. He just has to remember why he is doing it in the first place.

"My grandmother never taught me that so that's things I feel like I can pass a little bit of that onto my grandchildren and my great grandchildren," Petrusek said.

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