Mayor will serve free carp soup for Christmas

Several politicians will give traditional soup to the public Dec. 24

In what has become an annual tradition, politicians will be serving carp soup to the public on Dec. 24, which is when Christmas is celebrated in the Czech Republic. The soup will be served at Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, as well as Kampa and Eden. The tradition is not just for the homeless.

The creamy soup is made from carp with cognac and caramel for flavoring. Some 2,000 portions will be available at Old Town Square.

Large numbers of tourists and some families go as well, especially to the Old Town Square location, where Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) will be serving soup starting at 11 am. Last year, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) also served soup there.

Krnáčová has served carp soup twice before, and she says sit is “great fun” as it is not an official duty and she does it because it makes her feel good. “Serving fish soup for me has become an integral part of Christmas. I am glad for it because of the beautiful and friendly atmosphere,” Krnáčová told the media. She added that she is also proud of the high rankings of Prague's Christmas markets in lists compiled by media organizations such as CNN.

Prague 1 Mayor Oldřich Lomecký (TOP 09) will be at Wenceslas Square with 1,000 portions of soup starting at 11 am and he will then go to Kampa at 1 pm with an additional 300 portions.

Prague 10 Mayor Vladimír Novák will be in front of the shopping mall at Eden in the Vršovice district from 10 am with soup as well.

Security at the Christmas markets including Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square will be higher than normal in response to recent events in Berlin.

People can also donate food to the needy on Dec. 24. Stands set up by the organization Studenti pomáhají (Students Help) will be at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Strossmayerově náměstí and Vrchlického sady, the park at the main train station.

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