|Students in the Czech Republic stand when a teacher|
enters the classroom
My first class I spoke with was 1C (15 year olds). I was very nervous even though I had no reason to be. The students were very welcoming and very attentive. I talked about American Christmas traditions and since there was some time left over, I shared a little about Washington State. At the end there was time to pass out the letters that I brought from my students in USA. Each Czech student picked a letter and was excited to respond back.
If you are having a baby (one of my teacher friends is pregnant so that is how we were on the topic):
---you place a red ribbon over the baby's crib for good luck
---you have the baby shower AFTER the baby is born because it is bad luck to have it before the baby is born
---You can buy a stroller but you cannot keep it in the house otherwise it is bad luck
---The day after the birth of the baby you take the baby to get licked by a cow for good luck
---Guest cannot help clean up after a meal or the daughter of the house will not get married (maybe that is why I am still single)
---No sweeping underneath someone's feet or they won't get married
---pour led into cold water. The led gets stiff and from the shape it makes, you can see your future. People actually still do this one apparently. I asked how you see your future and they responded that it just depends on what you see in the led. If you see the shape of a baby...maybe your future holds children...if you see the shape of a flower, maybe your future is one of happiness....
Learned today: All about various Czech superstitions