What is Mikulas in Czech Republic?

Mikulas, St. Nicholas Day, is on the 5th December and marks the start of Christmas for Czech people. Head for the Old Town Square late afternoon to observe the traditional events unfold – Mikulas photos.

What is Mikulas in Hungary?

Mikulás (or Szent Miklós) is the Hungarian version of Saint Nicholas, and a similar figure to Santa Claus. In many cities, Mikulás is getting more conflated with Santa Claus.

What is Mikulas in Slovakia?

Saint Nicholas (or Svätý Mikuláš in Slovak) was a pilgrim and later a bishop and a saint born in the year 270AD in the town of Myra, in the present-day Turkey.

What country is Mikulas?


Liptovský Mikuláš
Country Slovakia
Region Žilina
District Liptovský Mikuláš
First mentioned 1286

How do you celebrate Mikulas?

Nowadays kindergartens and schools often organize Mikuláš celebrations with real people dressed as this famous trio and bringing sweets. Children do not pray anymore, however recite poems or sing songs to deserve the treats.

What is Santa Claus called in Czech?

In many western countries it’s St. Nicholas or Santa Claus. For Czechs it’s Jezisek, or Baby Jesus.

How do Hungarians celebrate birthdays?

Hungarians celebrate birthdays, as well as so-called name days. Name days are smaller celebrations than birthdays, but it is customary to gift flowers or small presents. This tradition is also observed by the Czech and Slovakian peoples, as well as the Russians and Romanians, and some Scandinavian or Baltic countries.

What does Mikulas look like?

Mikuláš looks a bit like Santa Claus whose origin was supposedly inspired by St. Nicholas. All three characters walk the streets, stopping children and asking them if they were good in the past year.

Where is Santa known as Svaty Mikulas?

In smaller towns and villages of the Czech republic, Mikuláš visits people’s homes with the Angel and the Devil. Mikuláš is the only Santa-like figure in the Czech Republic. Christmas gifts are delivered by Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) on December 24th.

What are Hungary traditions?

Genuine traditional Hungarian culture survived for a long period in an untouched countryside characterized by rootedness. Peasant dress, food, and entertainment, including folk songs and folk dances—the rituals of weddings and Easter and Christmas holidays—continued until the mid-20th century.