pandolfo-malatesta asked: Can you explain the tradition of the golden pig at Christmas? I know it's something to do with fasting, but I've never heard a good explanation of the whole thing, or *why* a golden pig. Vd'aka!
"A golden piggy" (zlaté prasiatko) is a way to keep children away from food, since it you can’t eat on Christmas Eve anything until the dinner. It’s difficult for children to do this, so parents motivate them that if they will not eat until it gets dark, they will see a golden piggy on the sky. However children who ate even just a peanut won’t see anything.
As about “why pig?”, pig is a symbol representing fortune.
There is also a rare alternative - “golden piggy” might as well refer to a reflection of light on the wall from decorations on Christmas tree.