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Dec 2, 2012 3:00 PM

St. Nicholas Day Celebration

Come celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. Saint Nicholas, the Devil and the Angel will be present! Sweets for every child. Puppet theater – Czech Fairytailes. Suggested donation $5.

Come celebrate Saint Nicholas Day!!!

Saint Nicholas, the Devil and the Angel will be present!
Sweets for every child!
Puppet theater – Czech Fairytailes

Suggested donation $5 per child

Czech puppeteer, storyteller and author Vít Hořejš and his troupe of century-old hand-carved marionettes will perform a one-man show of Czech fairy tales (in English) replete with kings, clever village maidens, witches and spirits.  His marionettes speak in dozen voices, dance, play violin, swim and fly.  The program will be composed of favorite Czech fairy tales such as “The Snow Maiden Sněhurka”, (in which a childless couple find a little girl in a winter blizzard) and “The Twelve Months” (an orphaned girl is sent to fetch strawberries from the forest in the middle of a blizzard and meets twelve kind men—the twelve months).

Saint Nicholas Day
The charming tradition of St. Nicholas falls on the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, December 5th. It is the most popular Advent holiday celebrated in the Czech Republic. It is a special time when children receive sweets and small gifts.

On December 5th, the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, a group of three figures visit families with children: St. Nicholas, the Devil and an Angel.

Traditionally, St. Nicholas quizzed children on the prayer-book and the Bible. Today, however, the questions are mostly about the previous year's behavior. The Angel writes a record for each child in a large book and the children sing or say a poem to the saint. The Devil rattles his chains, threatening to put bad children in the sack and take them to Hell, but the Angel, with a gold star on her forehead and dressed in a white gown, protects the children. Good children receive stockings filled with tangerines, nuts, chocolates and small gifts. It is said that bad children get old potatoes or coal in theirs.

The St. Nicholas tradition is supposedly based on a 4th century Greek bishop named Nicholas who is said to have left a gift of money on the windowsill of three poor girls to enable them to get married.

This tradition is still very popular. You can see the threesome in towns and villages all over the Czech Republic, and the tradition is still quite important, whether it’s a family affair in a village or an organized event, with activities for parents too, in one of the bigger towns.














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Dec 2, 2012 3:00 PM


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