St. Nicholas at FBE MENDELU

5. 12. 2023

This year we have decided to surprise our degree students LIVE with this tradition in their Czech language for foreigners class. And what is this tradition about?

The charming tradition of St. Nicholas falls on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, December 5th. If you find yourself walking the streets on that evening, you may run into a group of strange characters: St. Nicholas (Mikuláš), the Angel (anděl) who represents the Good, and the Devil/Lucifer (čert) representing the Evil. All three characters go from house to house to see the children and ask them if they were good in the past year. Most kids say yes and sing a song or recite a short poem. They are then rewarded with sweets, candy or other treats, which are handed out by the Angel. Bad kids would be put in the Devil’s sack and taken to hell, or would only get a sack of potatoes or coal instead of candy – of course, it does not really happen!

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