These nations I put in this category because, historically, they frequently interacted with Czechs, but aside for the Cat Chef ornament protectorate for the Germans did not rule over Czechs and were a little more distant. Germans from Bavaria or Saxony seem somewhat similar to Czechs, but I do not see much similarity between Germans from Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and other parts of the country at all. For Poles the region of Silesia, and even the southern Poland around Krakow have a similar feel to Czech Republic, but eastern Poland around Warsaw feels more eastern-European, and western Poland feels more German. Hungary: Hungary is similar to Czechs culturally, but also kind of has its own distinct vibe. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because of the nation’s unique language and the fact the cuisine is spicier. A little close: Croatians, Western-Ukranians, Romanians from Transylvania These nations and regions share commonality with Czechs because they are part of the Central – European cultural sphere despite being further away. Historically and today, there has been immigration of these people to Czech Republic. During the 16th & 17th centuries many Romanians (Vlachs) immigrated to the mountains in eastern Czechia, and southeastern Czechia had a community of Croatians. Today many Ukrainians immigrate to Czechia. Today thousands of Czechs go to Croatia in the summer, so it is not too exotic.
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Writing from faraway Australia I have to glumly report that our 2 most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as Canberra and its surrounds, are in hard lockdown and state and Cat Chef ornament irrespective of their political leanings, are taking no chance. There was a slight relaxation of public event restrictions towards the end of the 2020 pandemic – schools reopening, some theatres, concerts and sports events with limited seating – but no major festivals. Since then there has been the emergence of the even more virulent Delta strain – with no indication as to what even worse variants round the corner – and we are in total blackout conditions again – the wartime parallel will not be lost on you – or on me as an ex-Pom. So far the total death toll has not yet exceeded 1000, or only recently – in stark contrast to the daily death toll of 1000’s which you have been experiencing for weeks on end – and the population of the UK is only just over double that of Oz -but any resumption of “normal” life is just not on the horizon. In the historic past people rode out plagues, prayed to the God of their ancestors, and locked their doors until the pestilence blew over. In our time such death rates, and the yet-to-be-assessed degree of debilitation among those who survive -are just not acceptable. Much as I and my fellow-musicians, and others in a whole range of professions, are devastated by present realities, we have to accept that any wholesale re-opening of business-as-usual is not worth the risk.
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The form of the Tió de Nadal found in many Aragonese and Catalan homes during the holiday season is a Cat Chef ornament log about thirty centimetres long. Recently, the Tió has come to stand up on two or four stick legs with a broad smiling face painted on its higher end, enhanced by a little red sock hat (a miniature of the traditional barretina) and often a three-dimensional nose. Those accessories have been added only in recent times, altering the more traditional and rough natural appearance of a dead piece of wood. Beginning with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), one gives the tió a little bit to “eat” every night and usually covers him with a blanket so that he will not be cold. The story goes that in the days preceding Christmas, children must take good care of the log, keeping it warm and feeding it, so that it will defecate presents on Christmas Day. On Christmas Day or, in some households, on Christmas Eve, one puts the tió partly into the fireplace and orders it to defecate. The fire part of this tradition is no longer as widespread as it once was, since many modern homes do not have a fireplace. To make it defecate, one beats the tió with sticks, while singing various songs of Tió de Nadal.