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"Christmas in home" Top 5 Page for this destination Slovakia Local Custom Tip by Skipka

Slovakia Local Customs: 77 reviews and 67 photos

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by Skipka

The most important day is 24th December when all Slovak families stick together and all members have a special supper. Supper usually consists of sauerkraut soup or fish soup without any piece of meat or sausage followed by fried carp and potatoe salad .. However this varies from town to town, somewhere they have poppy seeds dumplings (pupacky), baked carp etc. What is unique and united in the whole area are "oplatky". This very thin bisquit is made especially in before-Christmas-time and we eat it like dessert on this special evening. It is covered by honey, chopped garlic, apples and wallnuts. I love it very much. After the dinner we use to open gifts under the Christmas tree so children in Slovakia can sleep well that night :) They believe in little Jesus (Jezisko) not Santa Claus till they discover it is mom or dad preparing the gifts :) This situations shocks many children in the World, so do Slovak children :)... after this action we watch fairy tales or sing carrols, then go to church on Midnight's Mass.

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  • Written Jul 4, 2003
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