Slovaks and Christmas Traditions
Historical Christmas Cards from Slovakia

The Christmas season is a very special time for Slovaks all around the world. The season is celebrated by exchanging gifts, carolling, traditional food and drink. Sending cards and writing letters are a way to keep in touch with friends or relatives who can't attend the many family get-togethers.

Christmas and New Year's would not be the same without the songs and music that this such a special season. Presented here are two very traditional songs that go back to Old Slavonic traditions - a Slovak version of Silent Night and a traditional song that has enormous meaning to Slovaks, wherever they may live.

Radujitie sa - in both 14.4 and 28.8 kbs Real Audio format.
Mnohaja lit - in both 14.4 and 28.8 kbs Real Audio format.
Ticha noc - in both 14.4 and 28.8 kbs Real Audio format.
Na kralovej holi - in both 14.4 and 28.8 kbs Real Audio format.

The tradition of writing Christmas cards goes back to the beginning of this century and, presented here, are some of those Christmas cards that your grandmother might have written.

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Last updated on Dec. 16, 1997.