#LifeInCzechia Christmas is upon us and even though the majority of Czechs is irreligious and doesn’t go to church, we sure do love our Christmas traditions. In this article you’ll learn about how we celebrate Advent, get some tips on where to attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in your city, and finally find out who is Ježíšek and how can a small baby deliver all these presents anyway?
#LifeInCzechia Moving to a foreign country is already difficult and being a member of a minority can complicate matters even more. If you’re a foreigner who’s also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you may sometimes feel lonely or even encounter discrimination in Czechia. June is upon us, which means it’s almost pride month. And we’re here to give you a couple of tips on queer-friendly events you definitely don’t want to miss this summer and early fall.
Christmas markets all over the country have been canceled. However, that doesn’t mean foreigners have nowhere to turn if they want to soak up the Czech holiday spirit. For example, did you know that Czech Netflix offers a selection of Czech movies with English subtitles, including a handful of stories perfect to watch in winter time? In this article, we introduce 5 of our personal favourites.
Summer is already here and with it comes high temperatures. At this time of the year, we are all seeking cool and shade. Are you running out of ideas about what you can do during summer in Brno to hide from the heat? To help you cope with these high temperatures, here is a list of 5 places where you can cool down and relax in Brno and its surroundings.
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.
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!
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.
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.