Believe it or not, Christmas is already around the corner! The Christmas markets in downtown Bratislava are already up and people have started thinking about Christmas presents for their loved ones. If you are spending Christmas in Slovakia, here are some hints about Christmas traditions in Slovakia.
In Slovakia, Christmas celebrations begin with Advent. Many Slovaks are Roman Catholics so this is the start of the important spiritual preparations for Christmas.
During Advent there are lots of preparations to be made for Christmas. This includes cleaning the house, baking, shopping and buying the Christmas three. Carps are also sold on the streets from big tanks (carp is eaten in the main Christmas meal).
Christmas Eve is the most important day during Christmas for Slovaks. It is called ‘Stedry den’ (the Generous Day). The actual evening is called ‘Stedry vecer’ (the Generous Evening) and the Christmas season is called ‘Vianoce’.
In Slovakian Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Vesele Vianoce’.
Each and every region in Slovakia has different traditions when it comes to food.
West Bratislava loves to have their carb fish with some potato salad on the plate. East region like their bobalky – it is flour pasta with either cabbage or poppy seeds and it tastesdelicous! People of east Slovakia go for ribs and ham. Interesting, right?
Now, let’s turn our attention to traditions. People usually go to the church for midnight service (Catholics). Evangelists go to their mass usually at 5 pm, having dinner and finally opens the Christmas gifts! Making sure the closest members of the family are together at that time. The very next day other relatives get together to enjoy and create memorable memories.