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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2019

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
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The coming winter season reveals a new facet of Český Krumlov: one filled with calm and poetry. The time of advent is filled with beautiful encounters, such as collective lighting of the Christmas tree, singing the Christmas carols, St. Nicholas present giving and including the Postal Office of Baby Jesus. Live Nativity Play – a biblical story depicted in song and dance, accompanied by live music, presents a magical culmination of this pre-Christmas period. Advent weekends with Old Bohemian Christmas market where one can taste punch and sweet-smelling Christmas pastries will put everyone into a festive mood. We suggest that everyone but especially families with young children can kick off their Christmas Eve with Bear Christmas on the 1st Castle courtyard. Český Krumlov also has a poetic and uniquely magical atmosphere for welcoming the New Year.



CHRISTMAS MARKET

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29.11.2019 - 06.01.2020   (Mo-Su)

Christmas fair Christmas fair

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN ČESKÝ KRUMLOV

Christmas market is held every day at Svornosti Square starting from 29 Novembrer 2019 to 6 January 2020. Come taste varied gastronomy, buy Christmas-themed goods and experience traditional crafts.
Market operation hours:
Friday – Thursday: 11.00 – 18.00
Friday and Saturday: 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00

Organizes: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




POSTAL OFFICE OF BABY JESUS

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08.12.2019   (Su) 15:00
08.12.2019   (Su) 16:30

Baby Jesus Post Office

This traditional Postal Office of Baby Jesus accepts children’s´ letters to Baby Jesus. Letter collection box will be available on Svornosti Square near the bell tower at the Christmas tree from 1 December to 8 December. The Postal Office of Baby Jesus will open on Sunday 8 December at 15.00 at Zlatý Anděl Hotel. The White Lady will visit our town at 16.30 in order to deliver the letters to Baby Jesus.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




HOW TO REACH BETHLEHEM?

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01.12.2019 - 02.02.2020   (Mo-Su)

Live Bethlehem Live Bethlehem

Places to see nativity installation in Český Krumlov:

• Svornosti Square – nativity scene created last year by teachers and students of St. Agnes School of Applied Arts, starting from 1st Advent Sunday (1 December 2019)

• Monastery courtyard – nativity scene created by teachers and students of St. Agnes School of Applied Arts

• Historical nativity scene at the St. Vitus Cathedral will be on display from Christmas Day (25 December 2019, the beginning of Christmas) until Candlemas (2 February 2020) – Presentation of the Child Jesus.

• Live nativity scene takes place on 23 December 2019 on 16.15 and 18.30 at the 2nd Castle courtyard

Where: Svornosti Square, Monastery courtyard, St. Vitus cathedral, 2nd Castle courtyard, Český Krumlov




ADVENT-THEMED INVESTIGATION FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

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30.11.2019 - 05.01.2020   (Mo-Su) 10:00 - 18:00

Advent monasteries

What does advent look like in ancient monasteries? Investigate the advent and Christmas customs, some of which we might still observe today but without the link to its original meaning. Reveal the magic, come discover the Christmas-style decorated monasteries and make your own Christmas presents. A reward is waiting for everyone at the end of the journey.
Suitable for families with children. Open daily, 10.00 – 18.00, interactive exposition.
Entry fee: adults – 180 CZK, children – 120 CZK, family entry fee (2 adults + up to 3 children) – 450 CZK.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




FAIRYTALE MARKET AND CRAFTS AT THE MONASTERY COURTYARD

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30.11.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
07.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
14.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
21.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00

Monasteries Český Krumlov

Advent-themed monastery market just like in fairy tales, open-door handicraft workshops and activities for the young and old! Join us on every advent Saturday for traditional monastery workshops and try new activities. You and your loved ones can try to pour tin at the blacksmiths´, make and decorate ornaments at the potter´s, at the bag maker´s, at the glass blower´s or at the painter´s. You can also buy ready-made products from the artisanal workshops.
Every advent Saturday: 30 November, 7 December, 14 December, 21 December between 11.00 and 17.00, Monastery courtyard, Artisanal Lane, pay in monastery coins (exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK).

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




BAKING IN THE MONASTERY BAKERY

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30.11.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
07.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
14.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00
21.12.2019   (Sa) 11:00 - 17:00

Advent monasteries

The pleasant smell in the Artisanal Lane will guide you into our bakery workshop every advent Saturday where you can taste popular monastery cakes or try to bake the traditional Christmas pastries.

Every advent Saturday: 30 November, 7 December, 14 December, 21 December between 11.00 and 17.00, Monastery courtyard, Artisanal Lane, pay in monastery coins (exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK).

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




GUIDED ADVENT TOURS OF THE MINORITE MONASTERY

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30.11.2019   (Sa) 17:00 - 19:00 18:00 hour
07.12.2019   (Sa) 17:00 - 19:00 18:00 hour
14.12.2019   (Sa) 17:00 - 19:00 18:00 hour
21.12.2019   (Sa) 17:00 - 19:00 18:00 hour

Monasteries Český Krumlov

Come and savour the unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Relax from the pre-Christmas hustle at the former Minorite monastery. Enjoy the view of festive Krumlov from an unusual perspective of the corridor joining the 2 monasteries.

Tours are available every advent Saturday (30 November, 7 December, 14 December, 21 December).
Tours commence at: 17.00 and 18.00 hours.
Capacity is limited, entry fee 150 CZK, advance bookings available at the Visitor Center.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




CHRISTMAS GUIDED TOURS OF THE MONASTERIES

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27.12.2019 - 30.12.2019   (Fr-Mo) 17:00

Advent monasteries

Come and join us to experience a unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Tour route includes the Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary, ambit of the former Minorite monastery, St. Wolfgang, Chapel of the Virgin Mary of Einsiedeln with the Black Madonna and part of the monastery corridor connecting the castle above Latrán Street. Tours begin at 17.00, limited capacity, entry 150 CZK. Reservations available at the Visitor center.

The monastery Visitors Card grants you a discount of 20% for all entry fees except creative workshops.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




1ST ADVENT SATURDAY

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30.11.2019   (Sa)

Folklore ensemble Jitřenka

12:45: OPENING OF THE ADVENT MARKET

13:00 Jitřenka – folklore ensemble from Český Krumlov performing authentic folk songs and dances from the regions of Doudleby, Český Krumlov, Křemže and Zlatá Koruna

13:30 Nádrž – school band from the Za Nádražím elementary school led by Radka Kmochová

15:00 Confluence – a 7-member Prague bank performing a mix of Latino jazz and hard bop jazz

17:00 The MASO – a well-matched group of five Southern Bohemians. The men of MASO gave the world “Electrodiscopunk” - a new style of music and a new Anthem to the Czech people. They are well known at music clubs, barns and bars but they are ready for the challenge of performing on Saturday at the most beautiful Krumlov at the Vltava River. A healthy dose of advent-tinted joyful energy is guaranteed!
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ANGELIC SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES

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30.11.2019   (Sa)

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

11.00 – 17-00 FAIRYTALE MARKET AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Advent-themed monastery market just like in fairy tales, open-door handicraft workshops and activities for the young and old! Join us on every advent Saturday for traditional monastery workshops and try new activities. You and your loved ones can try to pour tin at the blacksmiths´, make and decorate ornaments at the potter´s, at the bag maker´s, at the glass blower´s or at the painter´s. You can also buy ready-made products from the artisanal workshops. Pay by Monastery coins, exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK.

11.00 – 17.00 BAKING IN THE MONASTERY BAKERY
The pleasant smell in the Artisanal Lane will guide you into our bakery workshop every advent Saturday where you can taste popular monastery cakes or try to bake the traditional Christmas pastries.

17.00 and 18.00 GUIDED ADVENT TOURS OF THE MINORITE MONASTERY
Come and savour the unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Relax from the pre-Christmas hustle at the former Minorite monastery. Enjoy the view of festive Krumlov from an unusual perspective of the corridor joining the 2 monasteries.
Tours are available every advent Saturday and commence at 17.00 and 18.00 hours. Limited capacity, entry fee 150 CZK, reservations available at the Visitor center.

15.00 - 16.30 A JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM WITH THE RYBNÍKÁŘI ENSEMBLE
Advent-themed fairy-tale for young and old. Advent may be a time of reflection but when a young maid wishes to marry, the preparation for Christmas is cast aside for the desire for love. The maid, wishing to find a groom, shakes the birch tree, bangs on the chicken coop, chases dogs on the village green and tries to dabble in magic as well. The fairy-tale “Journey to Bethlehem” will include both notorious and unknown Christmas customs, Christmas carols and songs performed by the musical and theatrical ensemble Rybníkáři.
Monastery courtyard, free entry

11.00 – 17.00 ANGELLIC CREATION FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Come to the monasteries to make your own angelic costumes, wings, halos, headbands with a star or lanterns and get ready for the Angelic procession which takes place on Thursday 5 December in cooperation with the organizers of the popular live nativity scene.
Place: Large hall and seminary rooms, free entry, Monastery coins to be used as payment for products (exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK). Bring along white sheets for the costumes and other accessories as you see fit.

19.00 CONCERT AT THE MONASTERY CHURCH: COMMUNITY CHOIR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAGUE: OLD ENGLISH ADVENT SONGS
Students of the International School of Prague return to the monastery church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary for the fourth time to perform Old English spiritual songs.
Monastery church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary, 200 person capacity, entry 80/50 CZK, reservations available at the Visitor center.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




1ST ADVENT SUNDAY

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01.12.2019   (Su) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

OPENING OF THE ADVENT AND LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Opening of the advent and a blessing by Mons. Václav Pícha, prelate of Český Krumlov. Lighting of the Christmas tree – Dalibor Carda, town mayor. Moderated by Veronika Holcová and Marta Hermannová. Music by Kapka, a band from Český Krumlov.
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




BAPTISM AND BOOK SIGNING OF A NEW BOOK BY HELENA BRAUNOVÁ: THE MONASTERY OF ČESKÝ KRUMLOV TALKING

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04.12.2019   (We) 18:00

This popular local writer Ms. Helena Braunová is publishing her 9th book, continuing the theme started with popular books The Mystery of Český Krumlov and The Houses of Český Krumlov Talking. The new book illustrated by Karel Dvořák and photographs from the Museum Photo Studio Seidel is covering the monasteries of Český Krumlov and tells the stories of its inhabitants from the period of the first republic. The book is published by Kopp České Budějovice publishing house. Taking place at the large hall of the monasteries, free entry.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




ANGELIC PROCESSION

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05.12.2019   (Th) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

Announcing a large convention of local angels! Český Krumlov once again transforms into a town of angels. Use this unique opportunity to join the local angels from the live nativity scene in your own angelic costume and accompany St. Nicholas on his arrival to our town. As the tradition commands, all angels of Český Krumlov lead by St. Nicholas can again meet Jiří Strach, director of the film Angel of our Lord 2. The event will also include the distribution of the light of Bethlehem by live nativity actors and a joint photo session of all local angels on the monastery courtyard.

17.00 Angelic procession commences. Processional route: Monasteries Český Krumlov – Latrán – Barbers´ Bridge – Dlouhá – Široká – Bystrozraká (Na louži) – Svornosti Square
17.15 Dance of the live nativity scene angels in Široká Street

17.30 Estimated arrival time of the Angelic procession to Svornosti Square, followed by the distribution of presents by St. Nicholas
Followed by departure of the procession and a joint photo session on the stairs of the St. Vitus church.

Where: Monasteries Český Krumlov, Latrán, Barbers´ Bridge, Dlouhá, Široká, Bystrozraká (Na louži), Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ST. NICHOLAS PRESENT DISTRIBUTION

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05.12.2019   (Th) 17:00
05.12.2019   (Th) 17:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

17.00 JITŘENKA FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE AND BAGPIPE BAND OF ČESKÝ KRUMLOV

17.30 ARRIVAL OF THE ANGELIC PROCESSION AND OF ST. NICHOLAS

Performing: Český Krumlov town inhabitants and members of Českokrumlovská scéna.
Moderated by: Petr Kronika
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov, Monasteries Český Krumlov

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




2ND ADVENT SATURDAY

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07.12.2019   (Sa)

Band Hrajeto

15.30 Road Work – a five-member music band from České Budějovice, established by the singer and frontman Dan Sojka together with the guitar player Míra Hrubý under the influence of their American travels, money earned, and guitars purchased. Their intention has always been to entertain listeners by original songs in the classic American rock style. As time went by, their repertoire also included cover versions of notoriously well-know English- and Czech-sung songs and so get ready for a wild ride.

17.00 Hrajeto – an accordion duo of Fanda and Martin will perform a medley of hit songs
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES

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07.12.2019   (Sa)

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11.00 – 17-00 FAIRYTALE MARKET AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Advent-themed monastery market just like in fairy tales, open-door handicraft workshops and activities for the young and old! Join us on every advent Saturday for traditional monastery workshops and try new activities. You and your loved ones can try to pour tin at the blacksmiths´, make and decorate ornaments at the potter´s, at the bag maker´s, at the glass blower´s or at the painter´s. You can also buy ready-made products from the artisanal workshops. Pay by Monastery coins, exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK.

11.00 – 17.00 BAKING IN THE MONASTERY BAKERY
The pleasant smell in the Artisanal Lane will guide you into our bakery workshop every advent Saturday where you can taste popular monastery cakes or try to bake the traditional Christmas pastries.

17.00 and 18.00 GUIDED ADVENT TOURS OF THE MINORITE MONASTERY
Come and savour the unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Relax from the pre-Christmas hustle at the former Minorite monastery. Enjoy the view of festive Krumlov from an unusual perspective of the corridor joining the 2 monasteries.
Tours are available every advent Saturday and commence at 17.00 and 18.00 hours. Limited capacity, entry fee 150 CZK, reservations available at the Visitor center.

11.00 – 17.00 GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Join us to make your own candles, soaps, decorations from beads, beeswax products, Christmas postcards and various presents for your friends and damily.
Place: Large hall and seminary rooms, free entry, Monastery coins to be used as payment for products (exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK)

11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 MONASTERY STORIES: GUIDED TOURS FOR CHILDREN
Do you and your children like mysterious tales? Trust as – monasteries of Český Krumlov are filled to the brim with these. Do not miss our new advent guided tours for children and their parents. After listening to the monastery tales, you can visit our permanent exhibition. Tours commence at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 and include visit to the interactive exhibition. Capacity is limited, tour duration is 45 minutes. Entry fee is 150 CZK for adults and 100 CZK for kids, family entry (2 adults + up to 3 kids) 380 CZK, advance bookings available at the Visitor center.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




2ND ADVENT SUNDAY

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08.12.2019   (Su) 15:00
08.12.2019   (Su) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

15.00 – 16.30 POSTAL OFFICE OF BABY JESUS AT U ZLATÉHO ANDĚLA

16.30 POSTAL OFFICE OF BABY JESUS AND ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE LADY

The traditional Postal Office at U Zlatého anděla is accepting letters from children which the White Lady will personally deliver to Baby Jesus.

The post box for the letters will be available on Svornosti Square near the bell tower at the Christmas tree from 1 to 8 December.

Performing: town inhabitants, members of Českokrumlovská scéna, Radek Interholt, Kolibříci musical ensemble of the DDM Český Krumlov. Moderated by: Petr Kronika.
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




CHRISTMAS ELVES PROCESSION

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11.12.2019   (We) 16:30
11.12.2019   (We) 17:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

16.30 Join us for this Christmas elves procession through the historical town center. We will start at the nativity scene on Svornosti Square. A Christmas-themed costume is welcome.
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

17.30 CZECH REPUBLIC SINGS THE CAROLS (Svornosti Square)
Come along for some carol singing! Thousands of people at over 800 places around the Czech Republic and abroad, including Český Krumlov, will sing at the same time at least three same Christmas carols. Join the 8th year of this country-wide event broadcast live by the media, regardless of your singing skills.
Organized by: Českokrumlovský deník

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




3RD ADVENT SATURDAY

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14.12.2019   (Sa)

Band Leťáci

14.00 Bedrník – folklore songs performed by the Country Bagpipe Band

15.30 Leťáci – cover songs of various genres and played on accordion, violin, guitar, bass and percussion

17.00 Weekend – a band from České Budějovice will bring along a mix of country, blues, rock and folk.
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES

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14.12.2019   (Sa)

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11.00 – 17-00 FAIRYTALE MARKET AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Advent-themed monastery market just like in fairy tales, open-door handicraft workshops and activities for the young and old! Join us on every advent Saturday for traditional monastery workshops and try new activities. You and your loved ones can try to pour tin at the blacksmiths´, make and decorate ornaments at the potter´s, at the bag maker´s, at the glass blower´s or at the painter´s. You can also buy ready-made products from the artisanal workshops. Pay by Monastery coins, exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK.

11.00 – 17.00 BAKING IN THE MONASTERY BAKERY
The pleasant smell in the Artisanal Lane will guide you into our bakery workshop every advent Saturday where you can taste popular monastery cakes or try to bake the traditional Christmas pastries.

17.00 and 18.00 GUIDED ADVENT TOURS OF THE MINORITE MONASTERY
Come and savour the unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Relax from the pre-Christmas hustle at the former Minorite monastery. Enjoy the view of festive Krumlov from an unusual perspective of the corridor joining the 2 monasteries.
Tours are available every advent Saturday and commence at 17.00 and 18.00 hours. Limited capacity, entry fee 150 CZK, reservations available at the Visitor center.

11.00 – 17.00 DOLL SEWING FOR THE UNICEF with fashion designer Liběna Rochová and UNICEF director Pavla Gomba
Christmas is the time of joy and understanding. Give a gift of a good deed to yourself and come to sew a doll for the UNICEF. Every doll represents a real child to be vaccinated against six main mortal diseases as part of a UNICEF campaign in the developing countries. Every family or individual whi adopts a doll will receive a UNICEF message that will reach the doll creator informing them that the doll found a “family”. For more information on this UNICEF activity, look at https://www.unicef.cz/jak-pomoci/e-shop/adopce-panenek.
You can not only sew a doll but also adopt one. Come to experience the warm cosiness at the monasteries. This event will be personally supported by director Václav Marhoul and the band CHLAPI V SOBĚ. Organized in cooperation with Paventia z.s. Large hall, free entry.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




3RD ADVENT SUNDAY

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15.12.2019   (Su) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

SINGING TOGETHER AT THE CHRISTMAS TREE
SINGNING OF THE SILENT NIGHT

A traditional performance of children of local kindergartens and elementary schools that will culminate in the joint singing of the most famous Christmas song – the Silent Night – with the town inhabitants and visitors of all nations and nationalities.
Performing: children from local kindergartens and elementary schools. Moderated by Petr Kronika.
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




Element Band Concert

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18.12.2019   (We) 17:00

Band Element

Element – rock´n´roll hits performed by the popular local band.
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




DOG CHRISTMAS

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20.12.2019   (Fr) 13:00 - 18:00

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

We invite you for a tour of our dog refuge and a tasting of Christmas cookies and punch. We thank our visitors for presents to our four-legged friends in the form of food, dog treats or a financial donation. You can donate at the dog refuge directly or to the bank account nr. 19 – 221 241 / 0100, VS: 9619000001
Lakomá Barka will perform starting from 15.00

Where: Kaplická, Český Krumlov




HANDING OUT OF THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM

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21.12.2019   (Sa) 14:00 - 18:00

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

Organized by: Scouts of Český Krumlov

Where: Regional Museum in Český Krumlov (courtyard), Český Krumlov




4TH ADVENT SATURDAY

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21.12.2019   (Sa)

Band Dětský pokojíček

14.30 Kolibříci – performance of a band of the DDM, composed of a trumpet, transverse flute, violoncello, guitar and a piano

15.30 Chansonet – the band CHANSONET started in 2015 as an extension of the PFBM (Singing Federation of the Musicians of Budějovice). They perform own composed songs and are composed of a guitar player-singer, keyboard player-singer, bass guitar and percussion. Their repertoire is from the genres of blues, folk, rock and swing. The music and lyrics of the songs are linked and create a range of moods from humorous to pensive melancholy.

16.45 Dětskej pokojíček – a six-member band from Velešín, combing rock-pop and folk and brimming with positive energy
Organized by: Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES

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21.12.2019   (Sa)

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11.00 – 17-00 FAIRYTALE MARKET AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Advent-themed monastery market just like in fairy tales, open-door handicraft workshops and activities for the young and old! Join us on every advent Saturday for traditional monastery workshops and try new activities. You and your loved ones can try to pour tin at the blacksmiths´, make and decorate ornaments at the potter´s, at the bag maker´s, at the glass blower´s or at the painter´s. You can also buy ready-made products from the artisanal workshops. Pay by Monastery coins, exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK.

11.00 – 17.00 BAKING IN THE MONASTERY BAKERY
The pleasant smell in the Artisanal Lane will guide you into our bakery workshop every advent Saturday where you can taste popular monastery cakes or try to bake the traditional Christmas pastries.

17.00 and 18.00 GUIDED ADVENT TOURS OF THE MINORITE MONASTERY
Come and savour the unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Relax from the pre-Christmas hustle at the former Minorite monastery. Enjoy the view of festive Krumlov from an unusual perspective of the corridor joining the 2 monasteries.
Tours are available every advent Saturday and commence at 17.00 and 18.00 hours. Limited capacity, entry fee 150 CZK, reservations available at the Visitor center.

11.00 – 17.00 ADVENT MENAGERIE AT THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Monasteries Český Krumlov and the Pepíno v Pyramidě leisure center will present a pen with live animals directly at the monastery courtyard. You can see sheep, rabbits, hens, ducks and pony rides. Monastery courtyard, free entry (fee applies to pony rides, pay in Monastery coins, exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK).

11.00 – 17.00 GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Join us to make your own candles, soaps, decorations from beads, beeswax products, Christmas postcards and various presents for your friends and family.
Place: Large hall and seminary rooms, free entry, Monastery coins to be used as payment for products (exchange rate: 1 coin = 10 CZK)

17.00 CHILDRENS THEATRE: ČESKOKRUMLOVSKÁ SCÉNA – MY FRIEND, I LONG TO SEE HIM THIS CHRISTMAS
A PLAY ABOUT THE LIFE OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, A CHRISTMAS TALE

A small story about a large life of St. Francis of Assisi telling the origins of the tradition of displaying the nativity scenes. You will learn in a playful form that St. Francis managed to fulfill his dream towards the end of his life with the help of his friends and brothers. Little did he know that this launched a worldwide cultural tradition. The construction of nativity scenes is not a well-known legacy of this saint. Our story seeks to spread the word on this. The screenplay and direction is by Jaromír Hruška. Taking place at SUPŠ of St. Agnes – Refectory, entry 50 CZK. Advance bookings available at the Visitor center.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




4TH ADVENT SUNDAY

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22.12.2019   (Su) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

WE BRING YOU SONGS
Musical presents will be brought by the musicians of Český Krumlov. Moderated by Petr Kronika.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




MONASTERIES ČESKÝ KRUMLOV

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22.12.2019   (Su) 11:00 - 19:00

Monasteries Český Krumlov - Advent

BAKING FOR LIVE NATIVITY AT THE MONASTERY BAKERY
Peek behind the scenes into the popular live nativity and help us to bake for the performing actors or just to hang around. Monastery bakery, free entry.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




LIVE NATIVITY SCENE

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23.12.2019   (Mo) 16:15
23.12.2019   (Mo) 18:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

A biblical live scene with Christmas carols.
Screenplay and direction: Vladimíra Konvalinková
Perfoming: town inhabitants and local ensembles
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov together with the State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov

Where: 2nd Castle courtyard, Český Krumlov




CHRISTMAS DAY – BEAR CHRISTMAS

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24.12.2019   (Tu) 10:00

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

Twenty-ninth year of this unique tradition. Performance by Kapka.
Organized by: Jan Míša Černý, State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov, friends of the bears and the town of Český Krumlov

Where: 2nd Castle courtyard, Český Krumlov




CONCERT AT THE MONASTERY CHURCH

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26.12.2019   (Th)

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV STRING ORCHESTRA, KRUMLOV CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND MIXED SINGING CHOIR PERCHTA – “HEY MASTER” – BOHEMIAN CHRISTMAS MASS BY J. J. RYBA

The traditional “Rybovka” mass by Jan Jakub Ryba is a traditional part of our Christmas. This year´s performance will be truly exceptional with a joint performance of the Český Krumlov String Orchestra, Krumlov Chamber Orchestra and mixed singing choir Perchta, under the baton of conductor Václav Kraus.
17.00, 19.00, Monastery church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary, capacity 200 persons, entry 150/50 CZK, booking at the Visitor center.

Where: Monastery church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary, Český Krumlov




CHRISTMAS GUIDED TOURS OF THE MONASTERIES

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27.12.2019 - 30.12.2019   (Fr-Mo) 17:00

Come and join us to experience a unique candle-lit monastery atmosphere. Tour route includes the Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary, ambit of the former Minorite monastery, St. Wolfgang, Chapel of the Virgin Mary of Einsiedeln with the Black Madonna and part of the monastery corridor connecting the castle above Latrán Street. Tours begin at 17.00, limited capacity, entry 150 CZK. Reservations available at the Visitor center.

Where: Monasteries, Český Krumlov




ST. SILVESTER

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31.12.2019 - 01.01.2020   (Tu) 21:30 - 01:30

New Years Eve in Český Krumlov

ELEMENT (Rock´n´Roll)
End-of-year concert of the rock´n´roll band from Český Krumlov on Svornsoti Square.
Organized by: Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov

Offer of other different end-of-year celebrations in CK restaurants under www.ckrumlov.cz/silvestr

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




THREE KINGS

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06.01.2020   (Mo) 16:00
06.01.2020   (Mo) 16:30

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

16.00 PROCESSION OF THE THREE KINGS CHARITABLE COLLECTION OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHARITY
Route: Monasteries – Latrán – Radniční – Svornosti Square
You can donate along the entire processional route and help people in need.

16.30 Svornosti Square
ARRIVAL OF THE THREE KINGS (Svornosti Square)
THREE KINGS CHARITABLE COLLECTION OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHARITY
BLOWING OUT THE LIGHTS ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE – a small happening as a fitting ending of our advent

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




CONCERTS, FAIRY-TALES AND OTHER SCHEDULE OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS





PHOTO SESSION IN THE MUSEUM PHOTO STUDIO SEIDEŮ

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23.11.2019 - 24.11.2019   (Sa-Su)
07.12.2019 - 08.12.2019   (Sa-Su)

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

23 November 2019 – 24 November 2019 (Sat – Sun)
7 December 2019 – 8 December 2019 (Sat – Sun)
Our esteemed clientele can pose for photos with skis, skates and sleighs at the Seidel artistic studio during two weekends at the end of November and beginning of December.
Your photos will arrive just in time at the beginning of the new year.

We take photos from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 15.00. Reservations required (www.seidel.cz, telephone +420 736 503 871, info@seidel.cz
Photo session without tour: 250 CZK
Photo session with tour: usual entry fee + 150 CZK
Additional photo sessions apart from the weekends stated above and priced according to the standard price list are possible to order from 23 November to 15 December at the above mentioned contacts.

Where: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Český Krumlov




ADVENT WOODEN RAFTING

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29.11.2019 - 06.01.2020   (Mo-Su)

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

Regular rides - daily at 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00

Duration: cca 20-25 min

Price: 350 CZK / Person (Hot refreshment and gift for women included in the ticket price)
Blanket and thermo pad available.

Starting point: Dr. Benes Bridge

You can ride in good navigation and weather conditions.

Reservation at:
tel.: 605 218 018 ; e-mail: info@voroplavba.cz

Where: Vltava River, Český Krumlov




SCREENING AND PRESENTATION OF THE 2ND PART OF A POPULAR BOOK DISAPPEARED ŠUMAVA 2

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25.11.2019   (Mo) 18:00

25 November 2019, from 18.00 hours, Svornosti Square 2, large hall
This event will see the baptism of a book with pictures from Photo Studio Seidel. The encounters with the legends of Šumava will also include screening of brand new documents from the cycle Disappeared Šumava: Valley of the Death – Volary Region, České Žleby, Moss stream, Mysterious plank of Nicov, From Kašperky to the top (skiing legend E. Gattermann), Sušice 1945 (when Emil was a little boy..) and others.

Our charismatic guides will be Emil Kintzl for whom Šumava represents a life-long passion and Jan Fischer, an experienced director of successful documentaries on TV Stream.cz. They will describe the hard life of the mountain men and the rich history of this region. Listen to tales of past times, meet distinctive characters of Šumava and perhaps obtain a nice Christmas present decorated with the authors´ signature.
Entry: 50 CZK, reservations at www.seidel.cz, info@seidel.cz or at tel.: +420 736 503 871.

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




SUNDAY ADVENT TALES AT THE MUNICIPAL THEATRE ČESKÝ KRUMLOV

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01.12.2019   (Su) 15:00
08.12.2019   (Su) 15:00
15.12.2019   (Su) 15:00

1 December (Sun), 15.00, Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov
Drak Hradec Králové Theatre – A STAR ROSE ABOVE BETHLEHEM
The play by Pavel Vašíček is an assembly of excerpts from a book by Josef Volák by the same name, songs by Adam Michna of Otradovice, folk Christmas songs and fragments of nativity plays from Bohemian baroque period.
Advent time is now represented by overflowing shops and hectic preparations as well as media coverage criticizing this commercial nature of Christmas and the lost original meaning. Drak Theatre is traditionally presenting biblical-themed plays in this time to counter-balance all that. Rather than scolding, the plays invite to share an aesthetically pleasing experience rooted in the Christian roots of our civilization and its humanistic message. The play A Star Rose Over Bethlehem is following similarly-themed previous plays Christmas Day Came and Hey, Master! It covers New Testament stories about the birth of Jesus (Annunciation, Birth, Shepherds, The Three Kings, Murder of the Innocents, Escape to Egypt, Return to Galilee) that form the spiritual context of this festive period.
Performing: Pavla Lustyková, Johana Vaňousová, Milan Hajn, Dominik Linka, Jan Popela, Václav Poul and Jiří Vyšohlíd
Performance duration: 50 minutes with no break
Entry: 70 CZK

8 December (Sun), 15.00, Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov
ŠOS Prachatice Theatrical Company – ALL THE POWER OR THEN IT HAPPENED!
Three stories explaining why you should clean your ears, comb your hair and brush your teeth. And, what can happen when we neglect to do so! Children do not want to hear about little details such as uncombed hair, dirty ears, stuffy nose, unbrushed teeth, messy toys, bad table manners, undone shoelaces and telling on others. But suddenly, something incredible happens! And this means that little scoundrels must quickly learn their manners if they want to be nice and merry kids again!
Based on a book of Ester Stará. Screenplay, musical arrangements and direction: Jaromír Hruška.
This re-newed staging is based on fairy-tale novel of Ester Stará “AND THEN IT HAPPENED!”. The theatrical arrangement presents parts of the novel on stage in a manner that hopefully does justice to this entertaining, brief, charming but also educational novel.
Performance duration: 55 minutes with no break
Entry: 70 CZK

15 December (Sun), 15.00, Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov
SEMTAMFÓR Praha – FAIRY-TALES OUT OF A BASKET (Terribly Sad Princess, Little Monster Emílek, Kate and the Devil)
Take a trip inside three well-known Czech fairy-tales and help us to heal a sad princess, defeat the merciless Lady of the Forests, walk through hell and experience other adventures. Theatre Semtamfór continues its successful series with another piece by director and script editor at Czech TV Luděk Horký.
Performance duration: 55 minutes
Entry: 70 CZK

Where: Municipal Theatre, Český Krumlov




♫ ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS ♫


8 December (Sun) Chapel on the Cross Mountain
15.00 ADVENT CONCERT DUODAM
Š. Havlíková – flute, K. Ferenci – guitar, as a guest. Performance of renaissance, baroque and spiritual pieces. Voluntary entry fee.

7 December (Sat) Monasteries Český Krumlov – Oratory at the Baroque Culture Center
17.00 ADVENT CONCERT OF OLD MUSIC
Entry: 100 CZK, advance ticket sales available at the Visitor center of the monasteries and Info Center Český Krumlov

8 December (Sun) Egon Schiele Art Center, Renaissance Hall
18.30 ADVENT CONCERTO GROSS
9th advent concert by the Krumlov Chamber Orchestra and ESAC Český Krumlov
Performing: Krumlov Chamber Orchestra and Musica Bohemica
Advance ticket sales at Egon Schiele Art Center cash desk

10 December (Tue) Rehearsal Hall of the Municipal Theatre
16.00 CHRISTMAS WITH KRUMLOV PIPERS
A Christmas performance of the Krumlov Pipers ensemble with carol singing and presents

12 December (Thu) Jesuit Hall at Růže Hotel
18.00 ADVENT CONCERT OF JITŘENKA FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE
Voluntary entry fee

15 December (Sun) Column Hall at the Center for Studies, 1st courtyard at the State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov
18.00 KAPKA – traditional Christmas concert of local folk band
Voluntary entry fee

27 December (Fri) Monasteries Český Krumlov, Large Hall
17.00 TROUBADOURESS SAR – CHRISTMAS CONCERT OF MEDIEVAL MUSIC
Do not miss this special Christmas concert of Hana SAR Blochová, organizer of the Old Music Festival. Hana SAR: vocals, gothic harp, psaltery, percussion. Entry: 150 CZK, advance ticket sales at the Visitor center.

♫ 28. 12. (Sat) Prokyš Hall, Prelature Český Krumlov
18.00 I SING AT CHRISTMAS
Traditional Christmas concert of the BELLARIA Choir of Český Krumlov and the Vocal-Instrumental Ensemble of Period Instruments Chairé Příbram. Come to sing known and less known carols and do not forget to bring bells.
Admission: 160 CZK / 100 CZK, advance booking at the Infocentre Český Krumlov


1 January (Wed) Monasteries Český Krumlov, Large Hall
17.30 NEW YEAR´S EVE CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
Performing: Trio Karageorgiev
Entry: 430 CZK, advance ticket sales available at the Visitor center of the monasteries and Info Center Český Krumlov

Synagogue Český Krumlov, Za Soudem 282
12 December (Thu)
19.00 Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio
An intimate group of excellent jazz instrumental players led by double bass player Robert Balzar will accompany top Czech singer Dan Bárta
Entry: 350 CZK, tickets available at Info Center Český Krumlov

14 December (Sat)
19.00 Robert Křesťan & Druhá Tráva
Traditional Christmas concert in Český Krumlov
Entry: 250 CZK, tickets available at Info Center Český Krumlov

21 December (Sat)
18.00 Lakomá Barka & Krumlov Chamber Orchestra
Christmas songs and carols performed by this local ladies´ band together with a string orchestra.
Voluntary entry fee




ARTISTIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ČESKÝ KRUMLOV - Advent Schedule of Events


12 December (Thu) Concert Hall of the School
18.00 Christmas concert of the pupils
Voluntary entry fee

14 December (Fri) Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov
19.00 Time of Joy and Happiness
Christmas concert of Medvíďata ensemble and their guests
Voluntary entry fee

17 December (Tue) Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov
18.00 I am a Little Boy Coming to Sing Come Carols
Christmas concert of children’s´ preparatory choirs Lentilky and Diblíci with their guests
Voluntary entry fee

17 December (Tue) Jesuit Hall at Hotel Růže
18.00 The Magic of Christmas
Christmas concert of children´s preparatory brass orchestra Decháček and their guests
Voluntary entry fee

18 December (Wed) Concert Hall at the school
18.00 Advent piano
Christmas performance of piano players – students of tutor Michael Bartoš
Voluntary entry fee

19 December (Thu) Jesuit Hall at Hotel Růže Český Krumlov
18.00 Bearing You the News
Christmas concert of Brumlíci singing choir and their guests
Voluntary entry fee




HOUSE OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, Linecká Street 67 – Advent Schedule of Events


29 November (Fri), 15.00 – 17.00, House of Children and Youth
Advent artistic workshop – make your own advent wreath
A workshop for children of 5 years and above and for adults. Price: 50 CZK/child, 80 CZK/adult
Advance booking required at the House

18 December (Wed), 16.00, House of Children and Youth – basement
Christmas toy car track
Children and adults can test this 22-meter long toy car track




MUNICIPAL LIBRARY ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, Horní Street 155 – Advent Schedule of Events


25 – 29 November, 13.00 – 18.00, Municipal Gallery
Christmas market
A traditional market of original products from regional producers and retirement homes

29 November (Fri), 16.30, children´s department
Looking Forward to Christmas
Christmas-themed tales, songs and creative activities for little children and their Mums.

12 December (Thu), 16.00, branch Mír
Christmas workshop at the branch Mír
We invite you to this traditional Christmas workshop where we will make pretty Christmas decorations. Raw material contribution – 30 CZK. Reserve you place by phoning 380 726 119.

13 December (Fri), 18.00, Adults department
Youth Trends
A lecture by Tomáš Pešek, Slovak expert on youth development. Would you like to know what today´s youth is like? What are the interested in, and what the next few years will bring? Which trends begin to emerge and might possibly become “mainstream” among many youth communities going forward? This event is organized by the Children and Youth Intervention Center in co-operation with the library.




REGIONAL MUSEUM ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, Horní Street 152 – Advent Schedule of Events


Daily Tue – Sun, 9.00 – 12.00, 12.30 – 17.00
Free entry on these days: 1 December, 8 December, 15 December, 22 December, 26 December (12 – 17 hrs), 31 December, 5 January 2020
Closed on 24 – 25 December 2019, 1 January 2020

29 October 2019 – 5 January 2020
JOYFUL WORLD of Marie and Martin Šítalovi
Naïve paintings by the husband and wife duo Šítalovi can be perceived as poetry painted by two pure souls in the socialist era. Their creations caught the eye of many collectors and galleries both domestic and abroad that focus on this specific art form.

8 December 2019, 10.00 – 17.00
ADVENT WOOL – a workshop Vlaďka Cepálková and Martina Poliaková
Long winter evenings have forever been linked to the hum of a spinning wheel and telling of tales. Swap the pre-Christmas stress and mindless spending at distastefully decorated shops for an old-fashioned togetherness. Worry not – you can still obtain tasteful presents and Christmas decorations but in addition you will be warmed by the woolen soft touch, delighted at your own creations and talks over a cup of fragrant tea.




Schedule of events is subject to change.





Photos from Previous Years





Organizers:


Organizers

Town Český Krumlov
Town Theater Český Krumlov
Českokrumlovský rozvojový fond, spol. s r.o.
Sdružení cestovního ruchu Český Krumlov, z.s. - organizátor adventního trhu




PARTNERS


Partners

Yearly general partner:
Budějovický Budvar, n. p.

Main partner:
Schwan Cosmetics CR, s. r. o.

Partners:
Linde Pohony, s. r. o.
Historický Pivovar Český Krumlov
IRO stavební s. r. o.




History and Tradition


ADVENT

Advent used to be the expectation time prior to the arrival of our Saviour to this world. The word "Advent" comes from the Latin "adventus", meaning arrival. The advent time was actually a preparation time for Christmas holiday and since 11th century this time has been set to the last 4 weeks before the Christmas Eve. It was a time of fasting, a time of spiritual reflection rather than of excessive eating and drinking. All entertainment, dancing and singing were banned. Some folk ceremonies, more or less transgressing this ban, took place nevertheless during the Advent period. Moreover, the liturgical year started on the first Advent Sunday since the Christians based their year count from the birth of Christ. The dark purple colour was a characteristic fasting colour right until the third Advent Sunday, being thereafter replaced by pink, a colour signifying joy. Each of the four Advent Sundays had a folk nickname - iron, bronze, silver and golden. Advent as we know it commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve and lasts between 22 and 28 days, falling on any appropriate Sunday between 27 November and 3 December. Several significant Saints days are celebrated during the Advent period, such as St. Andrew, St. Barbara, St. Nicholas or St. Lucia.

CHRISTMAS

In the Christian tradition, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and belongs to the most significant Christian feasts. Christmas Eve is not yet part of Christian Christmas. This day marks an end to Advent and also to the fasting period. The Christmas Eve dinner is therefore festive, although made of fasting dishes. The ensuing Midnight Mass is in fact a relict of a night mass which originally preceded all important Christian feasts. The Christmas feast begins by the Day of Our Lord's Birth on the 25 December. St. Stephen's Day is celebrated on 26 December. The Epiphany (also known as the Three Kings) is celebrated on 6 January. On this day, so the tradition goes, the wise men of the East have come to pay their respects to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem, bringing him gifts. Later, the wise men were turned by the lore into kings and their number was set to three.

ST. NICHOLAS

The Bishop Nicholas was born on 5 December around the year 250 A.D. in the town of Patara to a religious and wealthy Christian family. Upon his parents' death, he has distributed the majority of his wealth to the poor and needy. In order to escape displays of their gratitude, he escaped on a pilgrimage to Palestine. St. Nicholas is the patron Saint of sailors, fishermen, protector of ferrymen and especially of children.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

The last day of December commemorates the Pope Silvestr I. This much-celebrated feast was originally not bound to any particular traditions. The New Year's Eve Night has gained importance during the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar became established in most Western Christian lands, placing the beginning of the new year on 1 January.




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