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Welcome to our new partners from the Czech Republic! 18 December 2007

Posted by Lycée Alexis de Tocqueville in 1, Customs & traditions, English, Our Partners.
They live in the Czech Republic, more precisely in Kromĕříž… (Sorry for the accents! We haven’t found the exact ones yet… but we’re trying hard!). They are between 15 and 19 years old . Just like us! They are learning English. Just like us! Here is their first contribution to Babelia. Welcome to them and many thanks in the name of all the Babelians! 

      box.gif       Christmas in the Czech Republic

On  Christmas morning we decorate a Christmas tree. We have that folk  custom: We can´t eat anything so that we see a little gold pig – that means that we´ll have happiness in the next year. On  Christmas Eve we sing carols, watch TV and we have a good state of mind. The typical tradition on Christmas Eve is the Christmas dinner. We have  dinner between five and seven o’clock. The ain course is a carp with potatoe salad.For dessert we have home – made Christmas cookies, apple pie or fruit. After  dinner the custom is to pour lead  (so we know what our future will be) ,cut apples (we find out if we´ll be healthy next year), throw a shoe toward the door (girls do this to find out what way their lover will come from) and listen to carols. Before this, the family sit around the Christmas tree and we give presents to each other.  About midnight some families go to the church.
That is a typical traditional Christmas in the Czech Republic.        



1. Lycée Alexis de Tocqueville - 18 December 2007

Hello from France! I read your article about Christmas and I liked it. But I don’t understand the story of the pig… Is it related to the fact that you don’t eat? Can you explain? Thanks a lot.

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