Aloha! Looks like it’s time for a lil’ Tidbit Tuesday!
As you may (or may not) know, I spent most of last week at the ASFS/AFHVS 2013 Conference. It was titled “Toward Sustainable Foodscapes and Landscapes.”
Hello, People of Dubious Origin! Long time no talk!
Things are going pretty good. Here’s a short update:
We’re 3 months from the wedding. School is…school. I am now a copywriter.
Anyway, school is over in about 4 weeks and I’m taking the summer off, which means I’ll be back to blogging my butt off. I’m putting together some Tidbit Tuesdays to ease myself back into the blogging game. In the meantime, there are several places you can keep up with me.
Twitter – Obviously.
Facebook – I heard it’s the new MySpace.
Pinterest – Now with more food history and anthropology. And pugs.
Keep eating and asking, my friends.
Oy. This did not go nearly as smoothly as I hoped.
Last year I was unemployed and living in a place I hated. My guess is 25 Days was a special way to escape that. It turned out to be so much fun that I was determined to do it again the following year, but plan ahead so there wasn’t the same scramble.
Obviously I didn’t end up planning.
Oh, hey! It’s Tidbit Tuesday! Kind of. Not really. Not at all.
BUT you may have noticed that I have this new mega-awesome-super-duper-best-ever banner!
And it’s all thanks to this guy right here:
Keep eating and asking, my friends.
Christmas in the Czech Republic is bathed in superstition and tradition. The list is long and, amazingly, many Czech families follow most, if not all, the rules. There are some good ones – like the table should be set for an even number of guests because an odd number brings bad luck or death. Or the first person to leave the table will die in the coming year so everyone has to get up at the same time. And my personal favorite, if you fast all day you will see zlaté prasátko, the golden piglet who brings good fortune, on the wall before dinner.
I want to see the golden piglet.
Even though the majority of Czech aren’t actually that religious, they place importance on those superstitions and traditions. Another tradition that seems to have stuck is carp. Traditionally, a Czech Christmas dinner consists of anywhere between 9 and 12 meatless (or supposed to be meatless) courses depending on the area of the country. Like other cultures that eat fish on Christmas, carp is symbolic of the Last Supper. Families that served 12 dishes were invoking Jesus’ 12 apostles.
Mmmm. Alcoholic beverages. Who doesn’t love an alcoholic beverage, especially on a holiday?
Me. I don’t like alcoholic beverages.
Me aside, the answer would be most people. Come Christmas you get a lot of creamy, milk-based alcoholic beverages. Eggnog, ponche, rompope, coquito, etc. Chile has one too.
Since Chile is a largely Catholic country, Christmas holds a special place on the calendar. It’s a time to get together with friends and family, eat, drink, and generally celebrate. The only equivalents would be New Year’s Day and September 18th (Chilean Independence Day). Since Christmas falls during the height of summer, the holiday has been adapted to fit the climate and culture of Chile.
Let me voice some of the obvious questions that are running through your mind right now.
Do Chileans eat fresh vegetable salads during Christmas dinner? Of course they do. Does Santa wear shorts? Ya darn tootin’. Is their milk-based alcoholic beverage of choice served cold?
Christmas is the most important day of the year in China.
No it’s not, I’m totally lying.
The most important day/festival of the year is the New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. Children are given new clothes, delicious meals, small toys, and firecrackers (always a good idea to give a child a firecracker). They pay respects to their elders and spend time with family.
Sounds a bit like western Christmas, amirite?
Christmas is celebrated in China, as well. Sort of.