Monday, December 31, 2012

Slovak Holiday Series: New Year's Traditions

Will you slice an apple or throw a shoe?

Some Slovak New Year's traditions are associated with fortunetelling. One is to cut an apple in half. If it reveals a star (without worm damage) a healthy year is ahead. Another is for an unwed woman to throw a shoe over their shoulder with her back toward a door. If the heel points toward the door, she will remain single in the coming year and if the toe points towards the door, she will marry.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tour Central Europe: Slovak Holiday Traditions Series 2012: Košice Chri...

Tour Central Europe: Slovak Holiday Traditions Series 2012: Košice Chri...: Photo from "In Time for Christmas" (source: Košice will ring in the new year as "The Eu...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Slovak Holiday Traditions Series 2012 - Lokše

Lokše (Christmas Eve Pancake)

Another shared blog post from, Lubos' recipe for Lokše--a potato dough pancake. When I was in Slovakia we had Lokše with goose but it can be eaten with a savory or sweet accompaniment and often made for the Christmas Eve Vilija meal. Follow this link for the recipe.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Slovak Holiday Traditions Series 2012: 

December 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas, (or Svaty Mikuláš)

In some Slovak towns and villages, St. Svaty Mikuláš arrives in a horse drawn coach, along with an angel and the devil who rattles a chain. Waiting children fill the streets with singing and dancing. St. Nicholas has a present for each child. In some villages he visits each home. To read more and the St. Nicholas tradition along with recipes, visit the St. Nicholas Center at