The Wallachian St. Nicholas Market (Czech: Valašské Mikuláš jarmek) is an annual cultural event which takes place in the Czech town of Valašské Klobouky (English: Wallachian Hats) every winter.
The first Wallachian St. Nicholas Market took place in 1992 as an attempt to revive the tradition of St. Nicholas and to restore traditional festive markets (Czech: trhy).
Over the years the market gained popularity and now around 25,000 people visit the St. Nicholas Market in Valašské Klobouky every year, making it the largest St. Nicholas Market in the Czech Republic.
The Wallachian St. Nicholas Market is an event which celebrates the cultural ancestry and identity of Southern Wallachia; keeping folk traditions alive and providing an excellent experience for it’s visitors.
People come from all over to visit the Wallachian St. Nicholas Market, to browse the stands selling traditional handicrafts, to taste traditional Wallachian foods, to listen to the music, enjoy the festive atmosphere, and to see St. Nicholas (Czech: Mikulás) himself.
This year the town of Valašské Klobouky held their 25th St. Nicholas Market and we wish to thank and acknowledge Brigita Olivová for her reportage and lovely photographs.
Photographs by Brigita Olivová.