Czech Christmas: Carp, Baby Jesus & Prophetic Shoe Throwing

Czech Christmas, Czech Christmas: Carp, Baby Jesus & Prophetic Shoe Throwing, The Travel Bug Bite

‘Veselé Vánoce’ is how the Czechs say Merry Christmas. Prague is a popular Christmas destination because of their famous Christmas markets. At first glance, it looks like your regular Christmas festivities. But there are a few things that make Czech Christmas unique.

Baby Jesus

The Czech Republic is one of the most atheist countries in the world. However, it is Baby Jesus and not Santa or an immortal camel that brings children gifts. Ježíšek or ‘Little Jesus’ brings presents during the Christmas Eve dinner and leaves them under the tree.

Once the bell rings, it means that Baby Jesus has left the presents. The children them open them after dinner. The meal they eat this evening is usually carp fish soup and fried carp with potato salad.

” The main Christmas celebrations are on Christmas Eve. Some people fast during Christmas Eve in the hope that they will see a vision of ‘the golden pig’ appear on the wall before dinner! This is meant to be a sign of good luck!

“The main Christmas celebrations are on Christmas Eve. Some people fast during Christmas Eve in the hope that they will see a vision of ‘the golden pig’ appear on the wall before dinner! This is meant to be a sign of good luck!”

Why Christmas

Christmas Carp

Czech Christmas revolves around all things carp. All through December you will see street vendors selling live carp. People either buy them while they are still alive or they will hit them in the head to kill them for you.

Those who buy live carps usually keep them in their bathtubs. Almost every single Czech child has a photo of themselves sitting in a bathtub with a live carp. Since I was born Ukrainian, I never got one of these so don’t expect to see a naked photo of me with slippery carp.

As I already mentioned, carp soup and fried carp are both part of the Christmas Eve dinner. Another tradition is to take two carp scales and put them in your wallet. This will bring you good fortune.

Prophetic Shoe Throwing

This is an older tradition and the cool kids rarely do this in 2019. In the past, marriage was a goal for many young people.

“There’s a superstition in Czechia that says if you throw a shoe over your shoulder on Christmas day, if the toe points towards the door, you will be married soon!”

Why Christmas

You can read more about Czech superstitions here. You can read more about Christmas traditions from all over the world on The Travel Bug Bite.

Czech Christmas, Czech Christmas: Carp, Baby Jesus & Prophetic Shoe Throwing, The Travel Bug Bite

Czech Christmas, Czech Christmas: Carp, Baby Jesus & Prophetic Shoe Throwing, The Travel Bug Bite

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