St. Nicholas & an Angel & the Devil
"The Scariest Christmas Tradition in the World" according to The Daily Mirror
The Day of Saint Mikulas
Who is St. Nicholas?
St.Nicholas in in fact the Czech Santa Claus, and not only Czech. Legends about Saint Nicholas aka Mikulas, here in Czech, evolved across Northen Europe and he is celebrated on the 6th of December every year.
The real St. Nicholas lived in the 3rd century and he was a Greek bishop of Myra (Roman town in Modern Turkey).
He was associated with many miracled and he a still celebrated as a protector of many people, from orphans to sailors.
One legens says that he saved three little girls from a life of prostitution as he gave them three bags of gold. He was known for putting a lot of attention to kids and making sure that they behave well.
Today, he is still celebrated in various countries around Europe but the way he is celebrated in Czech is said to be one of the most bizzare traditions - that is due to his company. St. Nicholas bring along a couple of angles..
But what scares kids the most is the devil that come along as well...
Parents take their kids out to places that they know Mikulas will be and often people create a show. Devils come around from different places and sometimes even adults are a bit afraid...
Why Kids Like Mikulas
So even though the devils are pretty scary, especially for little kids - it all comes with a reward.
Kids will recieve all kinds of treats from Mikulas such as candy and chocolate and because of that they look forward to this celebration every year.
Moreover, some parents will have stocking stuffed with more sweets for their kids at home as a reward of being brave and not being too afraid of the devils. So it may seem a bit cruel to some cultures but this tradition has been celebrated for many generations now and is still popular today.