Devils chase children in Czech village’s eerie Christmas custom

VALASSKA POLANKA, The Czech Republic (Reuters) – Masked devils march through the village, rattling their chains and clanking bells, going door-to-door to search for badly-behaved children. The sinister-looking pre-Christmas tradition in the Czech village of Valasska Polanka is actually a celebration of the 4th-century Saint Nicholas, who appears in costume to soothe the children with…

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