Christmas Eve in Slovakia in 2019

Christmas Eve in Slovakia in 2019
  How long until Christmas Eve?
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  Dates of Christmas Eve in Slovakia
2021 Slovakia Fri, Dec 24 National Holiday
2020 Slovakia Thu, Dec 24 National Holiday
2019 Slovakia Tue, Dec 24 National Holiday
2018 Slovakia Mon, Dec 24 National Holiday
2017 Slovakia Sun, Dec 24 National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated with a holy supper of twelve dishes representing the twelve apostles.
  Local name
Štedrý deň
  Christmas Eve in other countries
Christmas Eve internationally
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Christmas Eve in Slovakia

In Slovak, Christmas Eve literally means "plentiful eve" and this plenty is reflected in the custom of serving twelve different kinds of meatless festive dishes at a Christmas Eve Holy Supper. The twelve dishes symbolise the apostles of Jesus.

The table on which the feast is served will often have hay placed underneath the tablecloth, to signify the straw or hay in the manger where Christ was born. Many Slovak families will place garlic on the table garlic to ward off bad spirits and demons.

The meal will only begin when the first star of the evening is sighted, again signifying the star that guided the magi to Bethlehem.

For Catholic families, fish has become the traditional 'meat' served during Christmas Eve (their scales are said to bring wealth into the house), while Protestant Lutherans will instead have sausage or smoked meats.

Christmas is also the time to eat many pastries and other baked goods, which would have been prepared during December.

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

Gifts

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 presents are opened in the evening on Christmas Eve in Slovakia.

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