The charming and historic West Bohemian town of Bečov nad Teplou has just hosted its third international symposium showcasing the blacksmith’s craft. The two-day event gave the public the chance to get up close and feel the heat of the braziers as a series of top smiths showed that this is very much a craft making a comeback.
April 30 is Čarodějnice, or Witches’ Night. In the past, this date was believed to bring the arrival of spring. People would gather to burn bonfires in order to dispel evil spirits. Nowadays, the celebration is still popular among Czechs, and the organizers of Prague’s biggest witches’ night celebration at Ladronka park are getting ready for a night full of magic and fire.
It is perhaps the best-known Czech dish: svíčková, a beef roast with creamy vegetable sauce, served with dumplings. It can be found on the menu of virtually every Czech pub. This month in Czech Life, we take a look at this traditional dish, what makes it so special and find out if Czechs are still cooking their country’s classic meals at home.
For many Czechs, Easter goes much further beyond the Christian tradition of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The popular pomlázka, or whipping of women with braided willow sticks, is just one of the customs that have survived around the country from before the arrival of Christianity. Today, they form part of original Czech folklore with roots that go back many centuries.
Tens of thousands of believers attended Easter mass celebrated in Catholic
and Protestant churches around the country. Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who is
due to retire next week as head of the Czech Catholic Church, celebrated
the main Easter mass at Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral on Sunday. His
successor, the new Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka took leave of his
congregation in Hradec Králove where he has served as bishop of the
Králove Diocese since 1998. He was appointed the 36th Archbishop of
in February of this year.
Easter Monday is a public holiday in the Czech Republic, though unlike Sunday’s church celebrations, it is linked to pagan traditions celebrating the arrival of spring and the birth of new life.
Easter masses are being celebrated across the Czech Republic on Resurrection Sunday. The morning mass at St. Vitus Cathedral was led by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who told the congregation the Resurrection was a time of hope and forgiveness. It is the last Easter mass celebrated by Cardinal Vlk who will be retiring later this month and will hand over the office to the new Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka. Easter Monday is a public holiday in the Czech Republic, though that is generally reserved for pagan traditions and rituals linked to spring, the birth of new life and fertility.
For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most important holidays of the year – and in many countries of the world, it is observed as a public holiday. In the Czech Republic, the holiday was scrapped by the communists in the 1950s. A group of senators has been trying for years to reinstate the holiday in the Czech calendar. But the way things look, it seems that Czechs will go to work for many Good Fridays to come.
Say the word ‘carnival’ and people usually think of the colourful extravaganzas of Brazil or Venice, but the period leading up to the beginning of lent is celebrated across the world, including the Czech Republic. Here it’s known as “masopust”, which means pretty much the same thing as the Italian “carnevale” – i.e. to refrain from eating meat. Masopust is mostly celebrated in Moravia, but a husband and wife team is trying to resurrect the lavish Prague carnival that was the social event of the year in centuries gone by.
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