Czechoslovakia

By: Liz

What is Czechoslovakia?

Czechoslovakia is a small country located next to where the boarders of Germany, Poland, Austria and Slovakia that touch Czechoslovakia.

Why they left

The Czech settled here because in the 19th century there was not enough land for new farmers. Also not enough work for sons and siblings. Most people left for religious freedom but Czech people didn't.

Why they came to the United States

The Czech came to the United States because there were better opportunities and the United States had free land. People started coming to the united states around the 19th century.

Language of Czech

The Czech people speak Czech. Below is a picture of the ABC's in Czech and English.
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Czech Holidays and Traditions

February 2: Hromnice

This holiday is similar to Groundhog Day. Hromnice marks the roughly marks the middle of winter and is linked to dozens of weather predictions.


March 19: St. Joseph's Day

Josef is one of the most common Czech names and sparks annual celebrations around the country


Easter


April 30: The Burning of the Witches

The is a Czech custom of saying a final farewell to winter.


November 2: All Soul's Day

People visit cemeteries to remember and pay respects to loved ones that have died.


December 5: St. Nick's Day



December 24-26: Christmas Celebrations


The Flag

The flag is in 3 colors red, white, blue.


White -peace, honesty.

Blue-hardiness, bravery, strength, & valour.

Red-vigilance, truth, loyalty, perseverance and justice.

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History

  • On October 28, 1918 Czech lands and Slovakia became Czechoslovakia after World War I.
  • After World War II Czechoslovakia became a Communist country. It stayed a Communist country from 1945-1989
  • On January 1, 1993 Czechoslovakia split into two separate countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Facts about czech

  • Half of the people in Czech do not have a religion; the rest are mainly Roman Catholic or Protestant.
  • Czech has the second highest death rate for cancer in Europe.
  • The capital of Czech is Prague.
  • The soft contact lens was invented in Czechoslovakia.
  • The word robot came from Czech.
  • The origin of sugar cube can be traced to the Czech town of Dacice.

Czech money or Koruna

Kolaches

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Recipe for Kolaches

Ingredients:

3 cups of milk

2 packages of dry yeast

1/4 cup of water

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of butter

2 whole eggs (beaten)

1 tablespoon of salt

7 to 8 cups of all-purpose flour


Directions:

Crumble yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water and add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Set aside till bubbly. Heat milk to lukewarm; add yeast mixture. Add 3 cups flour Mix well by mixer or by hand. Add sugar, butter, salt and beaten egg; mix well. Add remainder of flour. Place on floured board and knead for 10 minutes. Let rise in warm place until it doubles in size (about 1 1/2 hours).


Form the dough into small biscuits and place on a greased cookie sheet. Let biscuits rise for about 1/2 hour. With fingers press down the center building up the sides a bit. Let that raise for about 10 minutes. Add fruit filling (prunes, apricots, cherries, or applesauce). Bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Makes about 4 to 5 dozen.

Kolache Video Link

This short video clip explains how this Czechoslovakian pastry is made.

Liz

Always trying to make people happy is my job!