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On Christmas Czechs Go To Church

Christmas market in Prague
Christmas market in Prague

Recently ČTK published results of a poll performed by the STEM agency in the beginning of December. The poll was aimed at defining Czechs attitude towards religion and church, which is a matter of current interest on the Christmas Eve.

According to the study, about 40% of the Czech Republic population visit churches on Christmas day, so it can be said, that attending religious services on this holiday is a kind of tradition for the Czechs (mostly people tend to go to the same church they used to visit previously).

STEM has been monitoring the attitude towards religion and faith and now it testifies that number of people attending church services on Christmas is quite steady and is about 40% for quite a time. And about 19% according to STEM data treats it as inseparable Christmas custom. The general trend is that women visit churches on this day more often than men and older people more often than youths.

In general, about 50% of Czechs go to church at least periodically. But mighty 55% do not belong to any church and do not believe in God. Older people are usually stronger in their faith and they generally visit churches more frequently than younger persons. Regionally there are also some peculiarities: Moravians are more eager church-goers than Bohemians.

P. S. team wishes you merry Christmas and happy New Year.

Photo: Christmas market in Prague, by Hynek Moravec (

Date: 24/12/2008

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