Happy New Year 2009! (Stastny Novy Rok 2009!)

31 12 2008

A brand new year is upon us – another year filled with new surprises, expectations, hopes and dreams, resolutions, love, laughs …

Our sincere wish is that your new year will be filled with everything that you wish for:
Peace in world relations, success in your business, freedom in your thoughts, love in your friendships and relationships, beauty in your creations and much more.

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Nový rok je před námi – další rok plný nových překvapení, očekávání, nadějí a snů, usnesení, lásky, smíchu …

My vám upřímně přejeme, aby váš nový rok byl plný všeho, co si přejete:
Míru ve světových vtazích, úspěchů ve vašem podnikání, svobody ve vašem myšlení, lásky ve vašem přátelství a vztazích, krásy ve vaší tvorbě a mnohem více.

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Holiday Spirit with Czech and Slovak Spirits III. (V Duchu Svatku s Ceskymi a Slovenskymi Lihovinami III.)

30 12 2008

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New Year’s celebrations are almost here. Would you like to prepare a special drink for this extraordinary occasion? How about punch? Both of the spirits below will keep you warm for a long time!

 

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Is Czech Carp Special? (Je Cesky Kapr Zvlastni?)

29 12 2008

Článek v ČEŠTINĚ dole (Klikněte na „Read the rest …”)

As you may already know, Czechs and Slovaks eat carp on Christmas Eve as their main dish. Is this the only day that they eat fish then? Peter Gandalovic, Czech Agriculture Minister, started a project to encourage Czechs to eat more fish all year round. Apparently, the Czech Republic is the biggest producer of fish but it is a country with the lowest rates of fish consumption (we don’t have information about Slovakia). Moreover, recent news announced that Czech scientists will launch a three-year project to prove that carp meat will improve overall human health. Will these incentives change this sad statistics?

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Did Little Jesus or Santa Claus Visit Your House? (Prisel k Vam Jezisek a nebo Santa Claus?)

27 12 2008

Author: Lukáš Vrtílek

In today’s global world, it’s difficult to determine the origin of traditions in different countries because they already overlap each other. We can even see it in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Santa Claus, formerly known in English-speaking countries, is also known there. Some Czechs fear, however, that little Jesus will soon be replaced by the new and popular Santa Claus, which is already visible across the country. Will little Jesus be replaced by a new commercial symbol in a red jacket?

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Holiday Spirit with Czech and Slovak Spirits II. (V Duchu Svatku s Ceskymi a Slovenskymi Lihovinami II.)

26 12 2008

Článek v ČEŠTINĚ dole (Klikněte na „Read the rest …”)

Another alcoholic beverage associated with Christmas in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is also very simple to prepare. Last time we introduced a recipe for mulled wine. Today you will only need rum (brandy or whisky) and some other items you already have at home. Our recipe shows just one of many ways you can prepare “Grog” – a drink originally prepared by British sailors.
Recipe for Grog:

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The Best Christmas Gift – An Auschwitz Survivor Story (Nejlepsi Vanocní Darek – Pribeh Zeny co Prezila Osvetim)

25 12 2008
Článek v ČEŠTINĚ dole (Klikněte na “Read the rest …”)

Birkenau

It has been more than half a century since World War II ended. There are fewer and fewer people in the world that can describe what they experienced during these tough times. Stories about German concentration camps are almost forgotten or even dismissed as exaggerated or even fabricated. One Czechoslovak Jewish citizen lives today to tell you that the camps existed and her tattoo with her ID number remains as a reminder of her traumatic experience. Her name is Alice and she moved to the USA along with her children that are now in their 50s. This year they spent Christmas separately but Alice was still present in a way – they watched her interview named “Shoah” (Holocaust) that describes her experiences prior, during, and after her stay at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Holiday Spirit with Czech and Slovak Spirits I. (V Duchu Svatku s Ceskymi a Slovenskymi Lihovinami I.)

23 12 2008

Článek v ČEŠTINĚ dole (Klikněte na “Read the rest …“)

It has been a long tradition that Czechs and Slovaks drink hot wine in the winter. They would tell you that Christmas is associated with this beverage. Everywhere you go you can smell the wonderful scent of cinnamon, cloves and red wine. How to prepare this drink? The recipe is very simple and I bet that you have all the ingredients at home.

Recipe for Czech and Slovak mulled wine:

Ingredients:
1 bottle of red wine (Merlot, Shiraz, or what you like)
1 cinnamon bark (you can also use ground cinnamon, but add in small quantities according to taste)
1 teaspoon of cloves (you can also use ground cloves, but add in small quantities according to taste)
Sugar (white or brown) or honey
Lemon or lemon peel to for decoration

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