St Nicholas strolls around the city, accompanied by an Angel and a Devil.
The evening before St Nicholas Day, December 5th, St Nicholas strolls around the city, accompanied by an Angel and a Devil, visiting children and handing out presents. First, he asks the children whether they have been good and if not, they must promise they will be better next year. In Central Europe, there is no association of this St Nicholas with the Western character of St Nicolaus, also known as Santa Claus (like in England, USA, Sweden or elsewhere) who brings presents at Christmas. The St Nicholas tradition is based on the legend of St Nicholas, a bishop who lived in the 4th century in Asia Minor and was renowned for his religious life and charity. St Nicholas gives presents in all Slavic countries. This tradition became very popular and the character of St Nicholas, dressed in a long coat with a crosier in his hand, is now always accompanied by a devil and an angel, representing the antimony of good and evil