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St. Barbara´s Day. She is the patron saint of miners, army engineers and everyone else who work with explosives. She is also honoured by the people from the world of mathematics. Saint Barbara's Day had a different meaning in Slovakia. Peop
le believed that this was the day when witches arrive on Earth. Young people used to cover their faces with flour or white scarves. This was done to prevent witches from entering the house. There is also belief that the weather on Saint Barbara's Day is going to continue until Christmas.
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In parts of Slovakia superstitious belief exists that the night before St. Andrew's Day is specially suitable for magic that reveals a young woman's future husband or that binds a future husband to her. Many related customs exist: for example, the pouring of hot lead into water, divining the future husband's profession from the shape of the resulting piece.
In some parts of Slovakia young women would write down the names of potential husbands on little pieces of paper and stick these into little pieces of dough, called Halusky. When cooked, the first one to float to the surface of the water would reveal the name of their future husband.
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Saint Anrew´s Day. Rich day of folk things in superstition nad magic before Christmas.
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St. Catherine´s Day. In Slovakia we say: "Catherina on ice (the mud), Christmas on the mud (ice)." Today in Slovakia is muddy, therefore we hope for snowy, cold, beautiful and white Christmas.
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Examination of traditional Slovak folk crafts products.

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