Christmas Eve in Czech Republic in 2019

Christmas Eve in Czech Republic in 2019
  How long until Christmas Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 37 days.
  Dates of Christmas Eve in Czech Republic
2021 Czech Republic Fri, Dec 24 National Holiday
2020 Czech Republic Thu, Dec 24 National Holiday
2019 Czech Republic Tue, Dec 24 National Holiday
2018 Czech Republic Mon, Dec 24 National Holiday
2017 Czech Republic Sun, Dec 24 National Holiday
Celebrated with a holy supper of twelve dishes representing the twelve apostles.
  Local name
Štědrý den
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
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When is Christmas Eve?

Christmas Eve is celebrated on 24th December. If Christmas Day falls on a weekend, then this holiday may be observed on a different day.

Countries and regions which officially have Christmas Eve as a public holiday are shown on the right.

Even if it is not a public holiday, be aware that many businesses in Europe will give employees the afternoon or the whole day as a holiday.

As Christmas is traditionally a time to spend with families, a lot of people may leave work early to travel home or visit relatives, so this is not a good day to arrange business meetings.

History of Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Many churches will mark the end of Advent with midnight church services.

In Latin America, Christmas Eve marks the end of a nine day period before Christmas, called 'Las Posandas' which represents the none months of labour for the Virgin Mary before she gave birth to Jesus.

Christmas Eve Traditions


On the night of Christmas Eve, children around the world will leave food and drink for whoever will come to their house and bring them presents. Who this is, depends on what part of the world you live. It might be Santa Claus or Father Christmas; but in Switzerland it will be the Christchild who delivers the presents. In Denmark, it's the Christmas elf; in Sweden, it'll be a small man and in Finland, it'll be the Christmas goat!

    Christmas Eve in the Czech Republic

    Christmas presents are opened in the evening on Christmas Eve in the Czech Republic.

    A law that came into effect at the end of 2016 specifies eight national holidays when stores larger than 200 square meters have to stay closed applies to this holiday.

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