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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2018

Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

Telephone: +420 380 704 622

E-mail: info@ckrumlov.info

Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Highlights


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When winter comes, Český Krumlov shows a completely different face. A face filled with peace and poetry.
The Advent season is a time of cheerful gatherings, starting with the lifting of the Christmas tree, carols, treats given to children on St. Nicholas' Eve and letters written by children to Baby Jesus. The festive time before Christmas culminates with a living Nativity scene that tells the biblical story through singing, dancing and plentiful music accompaniment. On Advent weekends visitors can enjoy the old Bohemian Christmas fair offering punch and traditional Christmas cookies, the delicious scent of which spreads throughout the town each day and evokes a festive feeling in everyone. Families with children can enjoy themselves on Christmas Eve at a gathering in the first castle courtyard and celebrate Christmaswith the Krumlov bears. Celebrations welcoming the New Year in Český Krumlov also offer one-of-a-kind magical and poetic moments.

Dates:
30.11.2018 - 06.01.2019
29.11.2019 - 06.01.2020



CHRISTMAS MARKET


Christmasmarket on the main square

A varied gastronomy offering, Christmas-themed products and traditional handicrafts.

Daily from 30. 11. 2018 till 6. 1. 2019
● Monday - Thursday: 11.00 - 18.00
● Friday - Saturday: 10.00 - 20.00
● Sunday + holiday: 10.00 - 19.00




BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE


Baby Jesus´s Post Office

Our traditional Baby Jesus´s Post Office is open to receive children’s letters to Baby Jesus.
The post box for letter will be available from 2 to 9 December on Svornosti Square atop the little bell tower by the Christmas tree.
The Baby Jesus´s Post Office will open on Sunday 9 December at 3 pm at Zlatý Anděl Hotel and the White Lady will pay a visit to our town at 4.30 pm to deliver the children´s letters to Baby Jesus.




HOW TO REACH BETHLEHEM?


nativity scene in Monasteries Living Bethlehem 23.12.

In Český Krumlov you can view nativity scenes at the following locations:

► On Svornosti Square – a new nativity scene will be installed on the first Advent Sunday 2 December made by the professors and pupils of the Secondary Arts School of Holy Agnes of Boheuma

► Monastery courtyard – a nativity scene made by the professors and pupils of the Secondary Arts School of Holy Agnes of Boheuma

► Historical nativity scene at the St. Vitus Church will be on display from Christmas Day (25 December 2018) until Candlemas (2 February 2019).

► Living Bethlehem you can see on 23 December at the II. Castle Courtyard (at 16:15 and 18:30)




A NEW YEAR´S CARD FROM THE SEIDELS

Dates From - To
01.12.2018 - 02.12.2018   (Sa-Su) 09:00 - 15:00
08.12.2018 - 09.12.2018   (Sa-Su) 09:00 - 15:00

Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

An advent-themed photo session at the Museum Photo Studio Seidel.

Would you like to have a unique New Year’s greeting card? Come have your photo taken at the Museum Photo Studio Seidel. You can pose in front of a period snowy background with a pair of sleighs or skis. Within a two weeks you will receive an e-mail with a black and white photograph in a Belle Époque-themed frame, suitable for printing and online sharing as a New Year’s greeting card.

Reservations required!
For more information: +420 736 503 871, info@seidel.cz, www.seidel.cz

Photo session with museum tour: regular entry fee + 100 CZK. Photo session without museum tour: 200 CZK

Where: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Linecká 272, Český Krumlov




♫ ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS CONCERTS ♫


Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Virgin Mary folk band KAPKA Krumlov Chamber Orchestra Christmas concert Christmas concert Christmas concert

► 1.12. (Sa) - 18.00 ► OLD ENGLISH ADVENT SONGS – THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAGUE COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT
International School of Prague students return to the Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Virgin Mary for the third time with Old English spiritual songs.
Entry 80/50 CZK, Resevation and ticket sale in Monasteries Český Krumlov

► 8.12. (Sa) - 17.00 ► KAPKA
Column Hall, I. Castle Courtyard
Traditional Christmas concert of local folk band
Admission Voluntary

► 9. 12. (Su) - 18.30 ► CIMBALOM MUSIC
Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Renaissance Hall
Traditional advent concert of the Krumlov Chamber Orchestra.
Program: D. Štrunc, J. Haydn, A. Corelli a A. Opekarová, Conductor: Dominik Svoboda.
Entry 220 CZK, pre-sale in ESAC 180 CZK

► 13. 12. (Thu) - 18.30 ► JITŘENKA
Advent concert of local folklore ensemble.
Jesuit Hall of Hotel Růže

► 14. 12. (Fr) - 19.00 ► TIME OF CHEER AND JOY
Town Theatre Český Krumlov
Christmas concert by the singing choir Medvíďata with Antikvartet of Dušan Vančura and Jiří Holoubek.
Entry 200 CZK

► 15. 12. (Sa) - 19.00 ► CHRISTMAS MASS BY JAKUB JAN RYBA “HEY MASTER!”
Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
Concert of Český Krumlov String Orchestra and their guest Temple choir Velešín.
Entry 100 CZK, Reservation and ticket sale in Monasteries Český Krumlov

► 15. 12. (Sa) - 19.00 ► ROBERT KŘESŤAN & DRUHÁ TRÁVA
Synagogue Český Krumlov
Traditional Christmas concert of popular Czech folk band.
Entry 200 CZK, ticket sale in Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 17. 12. (Mo) - 19.00 ► PAVEL ŠPORCL - CHRISTMAS - GENERALI TOUR 2018
Castle Riding Hall Český Krumlov
Entry 490 - 990 CZK, ticket sale in Infocentrum Český Krumlov

► 22. 12. (Sa) - 17.00 ► ADVENT CONCERT HOFMUSICI
Monasteries Český Krumlov, Oratory
Advent concert of baroque music.
Entry 150 CZK, ticket sale in Monasteries and Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 26. 12. (We) - 19.30 ► CHRISTMAS SPIRITUAL MUSIC CONCERT
St. Vitus Church
Performing: Mixed singing choir Perchta and Krumlov Chamber Orchestra
Entry 200 CZK (children 70 CZK), ticket sale at Infocentre Český Krumlov or before the concert

► 29. 12. (Sa) - 18.00 ► CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Prokyš Hall, Prelature Český Krumlov
Performing: vocal and instrumental ensemble CHAIRE and singing choir BELLARIA
Entry 160 CZK, seniors and children 120 CZK

► 1. 1. (Tue) - 16.00 ► NEW YEAR'S CONCERT
Monasteries Český Krumlov, Great Hall
Concert with a toast with musicians.
Performing: Trio Karageorgiev
Entry 450 CZK, ticket sale in Monasteries and Infocentre Český Krumlov

► 6.1.2019 (Su) - 17.00 ► THE THREE KINGS CONCERT
Vlašský Dvůr, Dlouhá Street 32
Š. Havlíková - Flute, K. Ferenczi - guitar, guest - Guitar Quartet of the Primary Music School Český Krumlov
Admission Voluntary




ADVENT WOODEN RAFTING

Dates From - To
30.11.2018 - 06.01.2019   (Mo-Su) 14:00 - 16:00

Wooden rafting VOROPLAVBA.CZ Wooden rafting VOROPLAVBA.CZ

From 30. 11. 2018 till 6. 1. 2019 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 included in the ticket price)
Blanket and thermo pad available.

Starting point: Dr. Benes Bridge

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

Where: River Vltava, Český Krumlov




1. 12. - 1st ADVENT SATURDAY


Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Christmasmarket on the Monastery courtyard illustrative photo

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE (Main square)
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● 15:15 - FESTIVE OPENING OF THE ADVENT MARKET
● 15:30 - DEVIL FAIRY TALE - puppet Theater for children
● 16:00 - WEEKEND - Country, Folk, Rock and Blues


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
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● 10.00 - 18.00 ● CRAFTS AND SMALL MARKET ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the first Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 10.00 - 17.00 ● ANGELIC CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Come to the Monasteries to create angel wings, halos, star tiaras or candle lanterns so you can take part in the Angel procession on 7 December! You can also make various Christmas presents.
Great Hall and Seminary rooms
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 18.00 ● OLD ENGLISH ADVENT SONGS – THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAGUE COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT
Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
Entry 80 / 50 CZK, reservation and ticket sale in Visitor Center




2. 12. - 1st ADVENT SUNDAY


Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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16.30 - MUSIC- AND POETRY-FILLED ADVENT OPENING AND LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Performing: BELLARIA singing choir




5. 12. - ST. NICHOLAS PRESENT DISTRIBUTION

Dates From - To
05.12.2018   (We) 17:00

St. Nicolas present distribution

► 17.00 - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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Arrival of St. Nicolas. A traditional event with non-traditional present-giving for children and their well-behaved parents in the form of a renaissance street party with a devilish Christmas quiz, a contest and an angelic music box.
Performing: town citizens and members of local theater scene

Where: Svornosti Square, Český Krumlov




7. 12. - ANGEL DAY

Dates From - To
07.12.2018   (Fr)

ANGELIC PROCESSION ANGELIC PROCESSION

► 16.45 - ANGELIC PROCESSION THROUGH THE TOWN
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A grand meeting and procession of the angels of Krumlov.

Procession route: Horni str. (17.00) - St. Vitus Church - Main square - Siroka str. - Dlouha str. (17.30) - Lazebnicky Bridge - Latran str. - Monasteries (17.50)

Where: Town centre, Český Krumlov




8. 12. - 2nd ADVENT SATURDAY


Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Crafts in the Monasteries Guided tour in Monasteries

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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Music programme in the afternoon:
● 13.00 - CHILDREN´S HOME HORNÍ PLANÁ - Christmas songs from the children
● 13.30 - ŠLISMEKOLEM - interactive music programm for children
● 14.30 - HASHTAG - local girl-band
● 16.00 - ŠLISMEKOLEM - country-folk-rock


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
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● 10.00 - 18.00 ● CRAFTS AND SMALL MARKET ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the second Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 15.30 ● ADVENT-THEMED GUIDED TOURS OF THE MONASTERIES (in English)
Join us to experience the unique atmosphere of Christmas in the Monasteries! Come and breathe in the spirituality of the former monasteries of Minorites and Poor Clares and escape the Christmas rush into the monastery gardens with a guided tour through the vast premises. Monastery courtyard then awaits you with a fairytale market and a free entry into craft workshops.
Tours commence at the Visitor Center of Monasteries Český Krumlov.
Entry: 150 CZK
Capacity is limited, advance reservation possible at the Visitor Center.




9. 12. - 2nd ADVENT SUNDAY


The white lady PAPER-THEMED ADVENT WORKSHOP

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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● 15.00 - 16.30 - BABY JESUS´S POST OFFICE AT GOLDEN ANGEL
● 16.30 - BABY JESUS´S POST AND ARRIVAL OF THE WHITE LADY & BRINGING YOU SONGS

The post office is open to receive children’s letters for Baby Jesus and the White Lady will deliver them to Baby Jesus.
Part of the program is BRINGING YOU SONGS - musicians of Český Krumlov will bring music gifts

Performing: town citizens, local musicians, members of Českokrumlovská scéna

► REGIONAL MUSEUM ČESKÝ KRUMLOV
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● 13.00 – 17.00 ● PAPER-THEMED ADVENT WORKSHOP
Come to the museum to create both traditional and non-traditional Christmas paper decorations.
Entry fee: 20 CZK




12. 12. - BOHEMIA SINGING CAROLS


BOHEMIA SINGING CAROLS

► 17.30 - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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Come to sing carols together! At least three same carol songs will be sung simultaneously by thousands of people on Czech and Moravian squares.

Performing: Krumlov bagpipe band and town citizens




15. 12. - 3rd ADVENT SATURDAY


Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Crafts in the Monasteries illustrative photo Christmas concert

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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Music programme in the afternoon:
● 14.00 - JITŘENKA - local folklore ensemble
● 14.45 - Music band “NÁDRŽ” (Elementary School Za Nádražím)
● 15.30 - Music School Český Krumlov - music programme
● 16.30 - ANDROMEDA - girls-band from Český Krumlov
● 17.15 - VOTKA - local student group


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
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● 10.00 - 18.00 ● CRAFTS AND SMALL MARKET ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the third Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 10.00 – 17.00 ● ANGELIC CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Come to the Monasteries to make various Christmas presents.
Great Hall and Seminary rooms
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 19.00 ● CHRISTMAS MASS BY JAKUB JAN RYBA “HEY MASTER!”
concert – Český Krumlov string orchestra and guests
Monastery Church of the Divine Body and the Lady Mary
Entry 100 CZK, ticket sale at Visitor Centre




16. 12. - 3rd ADVENT SUNDAY


JOINT SINGING BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE PASSING ON THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM

► 16.30 - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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JOINT SINGING BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Traditional performance of children from local kindergartens and elementary schools culminating in the joint singing of the most famous Christmas song “Silent Night” together with the town inhabitants and visitors from all countries and of all nationalities. We will recall the origins of this 200-year old “Christmas anthem” which is sung worldwide.
Performing: children from local kindergartens and elementary schools


► 14.00 – 18.00 - PASSING ON THE LIGHT OF BETHLEHEM
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Courtyard of the Regional Museum. In cooperation with the Český Krumlov youth scouts.




21. 12. - CHRISTMAS FOR DOGS


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► 13.00 - 18.00 - DOG SHELTER, Kaplická Street 439, Český Krumlov
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Please accept our invitation to a tour of our dog shelter with Christmas cookies and punch tasting. We thank our visitors in advance for presents to our four-legged guests in the form of food, treats or a financial contribution.

15.00 - concert of the local ladies folkband LAKOMÁ BARKA




22. 12. - 4th ADVENT SATURDAY


Advent and Christmas in Český Krumlov Monasteries Český Krumlov Guided tour in Monasteries

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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● 15.00 - PAVENTIA – Performance by children associated with this organization supporting foster care
● 15.30 - MATYÁŠ CAHÁK – A young songwriter from České Budějovice who will accompany his singing by playing a guitar and an ukulele.


► ANGELIC ADVENT SATURDAY AT THE MONASTERIES
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● 10.00 - 18.00 ● CRAFTS AND SMALL MARKET ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Many artisanal workshops will be open on the second Saturday in December as part of the Monastery events schedule. Come in and create a traditional artisanal product together with your children. Apart from creative activities, a number of items created by our Monastery artisans will be available for sale.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies.

● 15.30 ● ADVENT-THEMED GUIDED TOURS OF THE MONASTERIES (in English)
Join us to experience the unique atmosphere of Christmas at monasteries. Enjoy a moment of relaxation from the Christmas bustle at the ambit of the former Minorite monastery and the unusual areas of the former Poor Clares monastery.
Tours commence at the Visitor Center.
Capacity is limited, advance reservation possible at the Visitor Center.
Entry: 150 CZK




23. 12. - 4th ADVENT SUNDAY


Live Bethlehem

► 16.15 and 18.30 - LIVING BETHLEHEM
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II. Castle Courtyard
A live Biblical image with Christmas carol singing

Performing: local ensembles and town citizens




24. 12. - CHRISTMAS FOR THE BEARS


Christmas for the bears

► 10.00 - II. CASTLE COURTYARD
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Twenty-eighth year of this unique local event.

Performing: Kapka (local folk band)




27. 12. - HRAJETO


Hrajeto

► 16.00 - SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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HRAJETO - An accordion duo and a drummer will cheer you up with songs of various genres, from pop and rock to folk songs.




31. 12. - NEW YEAR´S EVE


illustrative photo

► SVORNOSTI SQUARE
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New Year´s Eve concerts of local bands:
● 21.30 - 22.45 ● ELEMENT (Rock 'n' Roll)
● 23.15 – 01.30 ● CHLAPI V SOBĚ (local Pop-Band)

Refreshment stands open until 02.00am.

Other New Year´s Eve events are listed on www.ckrumlov.info/silvestr




6. 1. 2019 - THE THREE KINGS


three kings

► 16:30 - Main Square
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• ARRIVAL OF THE THREE KINGS
• THREE KINGS CASH COLLECTION OF THE CZECH CATHOLIC CHARITY (route: Monasteries – Latrán Str. – Radniční Str. – Svornosti square)
• CHRISTMAS TREE switch-off – a small gathering to conclude our Advent




Regional Museum Český Krumlov


FREE ENTRY during following days:
2. 12., 9. 12., 16. 12., 23. 12., 26. 12. (12.00 – 17.00), 30. 12., 31. 12. 2018, 6. 1. 2019

Opening hours: 9.00 – 12.00, 12.30 – 17.00
Closed: 24.– 25. 12. 2018, 1. 1. 2019

Actual exhibitions:
● TOMISLAV LAUX – ZDENĚK CHMELAŘ
● SIXTY-EIGHT IN ČESKÝ KRUMLOV AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
● VLADIMÍR BOUDNÍK – Final work in 1968




Schedule of events is subject to change





Photogallery





Organizers:


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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 2018


General and Main partners 2018 Partners Media Partners

General partner:
Budějovický Budvar n.p.

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

Partners:
Energo Český Krumlov s.r.o.
Linde Pohony s.r.o.
Historický pivovar Český Krumlov
SaM silnice a mosty a.s.

Media partners:
Českokrumlovský deník
Českokrumlovská televize




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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