During the Christmas holidays, the Czech Republic returned to level 5 of the so-called PES system. Since level 5 is the highest level, the strictest countermeasures possible system are currently in effect. These restrictions apply mostly to stores, some services, freedom of movement, or studying, for example. They should supposedly remain in place until January 10 but there is a chance their validity will be further extended.
It’s the morning of December 24. The long-awaited day has come – Christmas Eve. The cookies are baked, everything is beautifully tidy, the decorated Christmas tree smells gorgeously and the family is together. How do we – Czechs spend Christmas Day? In fact, each family has its own customs and traditions, but let’s see what activities are most common during this magical day.
The government announced that the Czech Republic will move back to the highest 5th level of the anti-epidemic PES system from Sunday, December 27. Due to the increased number of infected people by Covid-19, the Minister of Health Jan Blatný decided to announce new measures, that will last until 10 January 2021.
Do you already have any plans for the Christmas holiday? What about baking? Besides watching Christmas movies, you can make delicious cookies by yourself! Isn’t it a great way of spending your free time? Maybe it could be a present for your friends or family, the gifts made by yourself are always the best ones!
Britain’s top medical officer announced that the UK has identified a new variant of the coronavirus that “can spread more quickly” than prior strains of the virus. Along with the UK, the same mutation of the COVID-19 virus has also been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and the Czech Republic.
Christmas undoubtedly includes Christmas Eve dinner, which is also the highlight of Christmas Eve. People are dressed very nicely and all the families get together. Czechs care a lot about the traditional Christmas menu, which is served on the evening of December 24. So what are the original and traditional recipes? The fish soup and fried carp with potato salad.
Planning to visit Olomouc? Do you know where you can have some fun there during wintertime? Cold mornings, unpleasant wind, but also a relaxed Christmas atmosphere and snowflakes that will put a smile on our faces. Even during winter, you can have great fun. If you’re thinking about where to go for a weekend or just in the afternoon after work, take a look at our list of interesting places that are worth your visit in the center of Olomouc and its surroundings at this time of year.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without carols. While many people prefer modern Christmas songs, it’s usually the traditional carols people prefer to sing. After all, they are usually much less difficult to sing as they – at least in most cases – don’t require large vocal range and good singing skills. Not everybody can, for example, manage to sing the main song from Tři oříšky pro Popelku. So it is no wonder that the carol Veselé vánoční hody is one of the most popular ones in the Czech Republic.
Adherence to traditions belongs to Christmas. With them, the holidays gain their charm. Perhaps every Czech knows the Christmas custom of the apparition of the Golden Pig. The origins of this tradition date back to ancient pagan times. The pig is a sign of abundance, a symbol of the sun and also the winter solstice.