Christmas in Slovakia Means Loksa on the Ceiling

It’s that time of the year again when lights, colors, songs, and (for some,) snow are the main players in the scene. The yuletide holidays are celebrated worldwide, bringing out the uniqueness of the traditions amongst different nations. Christmas in Slovakia is no exception. While others have elves on their shelves, Slovaks have loksa on their ceilings.

Christmas in Slovakia

Christmas is one of the events celebrated all over the world that highlights the beauty of cultural uniqueness. Christmas in Slovakia is one of the many unique exhibitions of culture and traditions during the season. From practices to food, Slovakian age-old traditions are passed on through generations.

Perhaps the most notable activity that defines Christmas in Slovakia is the act of throwing sticky loksa pudding at the ceiling.


The tradition dictates that the elder of the house would fling a spoon-full of loksa pudding towards the ceiling during Christmas dinner. According to belief, if the loksa sticks to the ceiling, the household will have a prosperous year ahead.

However, if the loksa falls, prosperity might be beyond reach for the coming year. With the goal to get as much loksa on the ceiling as possible, flinging the sticky pudding requires more than a powerful throw.

Ceiling Loksa

It goes without saying that a good result depends on the consistency of the loksa pudding. Christmas in Slovakia means that households are doing their best to come up with the best recipe for the occasion or else follow loksa recipes that have succeeded before.

Loksa pudding recipes differ in every household but the most common ingredients used are bread, poppy seeds, water, and honey for some. Others add a bit of lemon and salt.

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The Slovak households use “loksa,” “boblaky,” “bobaliki,” “bobalky,” “bobalki,” “opekance,” “kutia,” and many others. Of course, not all the food ends up on the ceiling or the floor (if it doesn’t stick). The household gets to enjoy the yummy dish as well.

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