In the Czech Republic, Christmas (Vánoce) is celebrated on what is considered Christmas Eve (Štědrý večer — December 24) in the United States. Traditionally Czechs fast all day until they sit down for the meal of carp, potato salad, and special Christmas cookies. Once everyone has finished eating, a bell is rung to announce that Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) has come and gone and left presents underneath the tree.
December 25 (první vánoční svátek) and December 26 (druhý vánoční svátek) are respectively the first and second Christmas holidays. They are traditionally spent at home with families.