In the Czech Republic, fried carp or carp soup is the traditional meal prepared to celebrate the holidays. In the days before Christmas, you are likely to find tanks full of carp for sale on the streets of many Czech towns. Some families even keep carp in the bathtub for a few days as a pet for the children.
Carp is either put into a soup with vegetables or covered with egg wash, flour and bread crumbs and fried in oil. A common tradition holds that if you put a scale of the fish under your dinner plate or in your wallet, you will have enough in the new year.