It’s that time of year when the winter air nips your nose and Christmas cheer begins to spread across the world. So in honor of the Christmas season here are five Czech Christmas traditions to try:
The Czech Republic isn't just rich in culture, but also rich in knowledge. Gregor Mendel, a proud Czech, was a monk who founded one of the fundamental laws of nature and science.
Ahoj! Dobré ráno! For our English speakers, if you are curious to what that means, it is a common greeting of “Hello! Good morning!” in Czech. Czechia, or more commonly referred to, the Czech Republic, is a landlocked country located in Central Europe bordered by neighbors Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland. The Czech Republic has a long, beautiful history with over 10 million residents including its’ capital city of Prague and numerous historical regions such as Bohemia, Moravia, and Czech Silesia.
The Easter table isn't given as much significance as that of Christmas, but there is still food, particularly baked goods, prepared especially for this holiday as well. Just as fish, mainly carp, is associated with the Christmas feast, lamb and goat's meat, baked or fried, is associated with Easter. It was usually prepared with potatoes. Even before the days of Christianity, the symbol of the lamb was widespread in Mediterranean culture, with its long pastoral tradition.
Potato pancakes turn up in most European cultures, from Polish placki to Swedish rarakor, German kartoffelpuffer, and Irish boxty. They can be made from smooth cakes of leftover mashed potatoes to crispy shredded potatoes that resemble hash browns. However, today, we are making Bramborák or Czech Potato Pancakes.
The term "communism" was first coined and defined by the French philosopher and writer Victor d'Hupay in his “ Projet de communauté philosophe” (Project for a Philosophical Community) book. In his book, he defined this lifestyle as a "commune" and advises to "share all economic and material products between inhabitants of the commune, so that all may benefit from everybody's work". In 1848, Marx and Engels offered a new definition of communism and popularized the term in their famous pamphlet “The Communist Manifesto” which later was recognized as one of the world's most influential political documents.