Probošt’s mechanical Christmas crib, also known as Bethlehem of Třebechovice or Probošt’s Nativity Scene of Třebechovice, is a wooden mechanical nativity scene that was made by Josef Probošt (1849–1926), Josef Kapucián (1841–1908) and Josef Friml (1861–1946).
This government has only one way, to go away on its own. Raimonds Pauls is a Latvian composer and piano player who is well known in Russia and the Baltic States, indeed, much further afield. He was the Minister of culture of Latvia from 1988 to 1993.
Wren Day is celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day in a number of countries across Europe. The tradition consists of “hunting” a fake wren and putting it on top of a decorated pole. Then the crowds of mummers, or strawboys, celebrate the wren (also pronounced wran) by dressing up in masks, straw suits, and colourful motley clothing. They form music bands and parade through towns and villages. These crowds are sometimes called the wrenboys.
Is history repeating itself and will we, for once, learn from history? In 1792, flames of the revolution lit in Paris had engulfed France. Revolutionary fervour and the fury of the people against the ruling caste reached a crescendo. Foreign forces (gimmigrants) were looming over the borders, threatening to quash those defiant voices. It was at such a time, on a night of gathering storm, that an ordinary soldier penned a song that became the greatest inspiring force of the people’s revolt against a tyrannical government. This is the story of that stirring song, La Marseillaise.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over the weekend uploaded a video to social media where he announced the latest government measures which have been enacted to help Hungarian families and businesses cope with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Visiting Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland Finland just before Christmas. Meet the Father Christmas and Santa’s reindeer and husky dogs at the Arctic Circle. Visit the Santa Claus Main Post Office and Santa Claus Office in Finnish Lapland. Incredible reindeer of Santa Claus. Santa Claus lives in his house in Santa’s Village.
Although Swedish, Danish and French politicians have woken to the dangers posed by the suicidal support for the migrant invasion, Germany’s ‘vote for Jekyll get Hyde’ politicians demand migrants for Germany’s Christmas.
Where did the phrase “Jiminy Christmas” come from? What about “Godspeed”? Why do some people write “Xmas”? The answers may surprise you! Enjoy Christmas facts and trivia about the festive season.
Social media companies that remove posts whose content is legal in Poland can be fined up to €1.8 million under a new Polish bill. Facebook, Twitter etc. users have welcomed its introduction as an answer to other countries’ growing censorship demands.
The Yule goat is a Scandinavian and Northern European Yule and Christmas symbol and tradition. Its origin may be Germanic pagan and has existed in many variants during Scandinavian history. Modern representations of the Yule goat are typically made of straw.