Many Czechs will be observing folk traditions on Easter Monday. Particularly in rural areas and smaller towns, people will sing Easter carols and symbolically "whip" girls and women with willow switches, a custom said to ensure fertility. Easter Monday also signals the end of Lent and traditional foods with symbolic meaning are consumed.
Each year, the Brno Philharmonic invites music lovers as well as those who want to reflect on the spiritual dimension of Easter to embark on a musical journey through the Moravian capital. The annual Easter Festival of Sacred Music, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, takes place over the two sacred weeks of Easter and its programme is determined by the liturgy for the festival of Easter. The concerts are situated in various venues around the city of Brno.
Masses are being celebrated around the Czech Republic on Good Friday which is once again observed as a public holiday. The holiday was observed in the years of the First Republic but was scrapped by the communist regime in 1951. It was reintroduced as a public holiday late last year by the country’s Parliament. The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka will serve a mass at St. Vitus Cathedral at 6pm on Friday.
The wine flowed freely and the music played until the small hours at the annual costume ball in the town of Vlčnov last Saturday. The ball annually launches the reign of the new boy-king elected by the young men who’d come of age the previous year. The centuries old tradition, which culminates with the Ride of the Kings in May, is on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list.
Between 2014 and 2018, the world is marking a centenary since the Great War swept across Europe and beyond. There is hardly a family in this country that didn’t have at least one of their male ancestors fighting on one or more of the fronts of the conflict. In this special programme, we look at the ways Czech soldiers in WW1 spent their Christmas in various places around Europe and the Far East. Using authentic documents: letters, journals and memoirs provided by the soldiers’ descendants to Czech Radio, the programme brings a testimony of the very
People in the Czech Republic made 42.7 million calls from their mobile phones on Christmas Eve, the Czech News Agency wrote on Friday, citing data released by mobile phone operators. It is about three percent less than last year, which saw a record of 44 million calls for one day. The number of text messages sent over Christmas Eve went down for the second consecutive year to 74.3 million, while the number of MMSes saw a record of 1.17 million.
Politicians were handing out free fish soup in the centre of Prague on Christmas Eve. Scores of people formed a long queue on the city's Old Town Square to receive the soup from Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, dressed in a chef's apron, who was assisted by ANO Party leader and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš and other councilors. Some three thousand portions of the soup, which for many Czechs is the first course of Christmas dinner, were prepared this year. Several other districts of Prague, including Vršovice, also joined the tradition this year.
In this special Christmas programme on Radio Prague we are going to be looking at traditional Czech Christmas meals. Later on yours truly will be making his take on the classic Czech-style potato salad. But first, I am joined in the studio by Ladislav Provaan of the Gastronomy Museum, who is an expert in all things culinary.
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