Episode 004: Festive Ma-Czech-Carps
In today’s episode of Smörgåsbord, Angel and Mik travel to Central Europe to discover the legend of the festive carps of the Czech Republic. It is said that during Christmas, the people of the Czech Republic would keep live carps hiding in their bathtubs before consuming these fishes for Christmas. What’s the deal?! Why do they keep them in bathtubs? Are they magical? And as always, do they taste good?
00:00 Opening Song
00:43 Show introduction
03:15 Where on earth is the Czech Republic?
05:55 Religion in the Czech Republic
10:49 Christmas traditions in the Czech Republic
14:40 What are carps?
18:48 The history of festive carps of the Czech Republic
21:30 The carp in the bathtub during Christmas
27:09 How is the festive carp cooked in the Czech Republic?
31:26 The tradition of festive carps today
36:34 Killing a carp
41:40 What’s in your palette?
Resources from today’s episode:
“5 Christmas Traditions Only Czechs Will Understand” by Diana Bocco
“10 Czech Christmas Traditions” by Klara Hajkova
“A Czech Christmas: fish soup, potato salad and False Snails” by Peggy Grodinsky
“Are Czechs the least religious of all?” by Dana Hamplová
“Carp – The Festive Fish” by Beyond Prague
“Christmas Carp” by Jan Purkrábek
“Christmas in Czechia / Czech Republic” by WhyChristmas?.com
“Czech Christmas Customs and Supersitions“ by MyCzechRepublic
“Czech Santa” by Prague.net
“Fried Carp, Symbol of Czech Christmas” by Czech Specials
“Jezisek vs. Santa Claus” by Nicole Klement
“The Story Behind Czech Christmas Carp” by Erin Naillon
“Understanding Prague's Traditional Carp Christmas Massacre” by Marianne Crone
About the show
Welcome to Smörgåsbord! A show where we explore the rituals, myths and all things strange about the world of food. Join the neverending silliness of hosts Angel and Mik as they discover strange rituals like bread and wine turning to the body and blood of a God, or holding carp as pets in bathtubs during Christmas.
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