Merry Christmas to all readers, including those who – much like your humble correspondent – fail to be proper Christians!
"Vánoce" [Vah-naw-tseh] is the Czech word for "Christmas". Skip any video you find boring or annoying!
The playlist above hopefully exhibits as much Czech bias as you expect from a humble correspondent from the heart of Europe.
Some Czech carols, merry Czech Christmas songs, and translations of well-known international carols and songs won't surprise. And I am sure you realize that the Good King Wenceslaus is no one else than the Czech patron, too.
Merry Christmas to the Muslim readers as well as those Jewish readers who think that Jesus Christ was just another Jew.
Today, Václav Havel's funeral was the first state funeral organized in the Prague Castle's St Vitus Cathedral since 1875. Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, the founder of Czechoslovakia, was a protestant while the communists who died after him were atheists.
But the full-fledged catholic pomp is something that many Czechs, despite their atheism, still like. Christianity has been present in the typical Czech villages for centuries. Baby Jesus who brings the gifts has been explained on this blog many times.
There's also a religious tradition. The most typical tradition builds on the birth of Jesus Christ but the village where He was born is optimized to resemble the countryside of Southern Bohemia. That's the attitude taken by Jakub Jan Ryba, the compose of the Czech Christmas Mass (many of the videos in the playlist above) and many others...