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The Killing of the Carp! The Fish Blood Bath of Christmas
Prague

Get your hammers out. It's time.

This tradition is surely the most publicly violent tradition in Czech culture, coming close in strangeness to the whipping of the ladies on Easter... Yes, it's the time of year again for the killing of the Carp, that bottom-feeding greasy fish, the traditional Czech Christmas dinner. The streets are literally lined with fish stalls for the remainder of the week, each with two to four tanks overflowing with big fat carp. At the very moment of writing this text, late at night, the men (I at least did not see any women butchers out there) are bundled up and guarding their tanks of christmas dinners, lest some jolly pranksters make off with a slimy feast.

If you are an adventurous soul to try one of these critters, buy a small one; the big ones are older, and have been living in the crusty depths of the fish farm for too long, generations perhaps, and will not be as succulent as those young'uns. Get them under two kilos, if you can. And remember, eat slowly, no one wants to spend christmas having needle-bones picked out of their esophagus! Merry Christmas, everybody!

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