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Christmas Eve


    The Christmas' Eve night lasts from 6 to 7 January.

    Usually on the Christmas' Eve people have a fast from morning till late evening or until the first star will appear.

    When the star appears, people lay the table with dishes - Saint Christmas Supper. Kutya, svar and roasted goose must be on this table.

    People fortune-tell this night: they pour melted wax into the water and guess the future by thickened outlines.

    They knew many ways of fortune-telling. The mummers go from house to house during Christmas, they sing Christmas carols and are treated.

    Dens are in every family. People make it themselves. The den is a two-circle little box and there play scenes with wooden figures.

    The main scene is the Birth of Our Saviour.


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