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Flashback to 1937, 1964 and 1965 and what Christmas time looked like in Prague. We begin our glimpse into the past with Christmas trees. Fortunately, the narrator explains in this short video that shows the tree chosen for Old Towne Square. Well, this year it didn’t snow, but it looked foggy and chilly nonetheless. And...
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Czech walnut shell candles are known all over in the Czech Republic as a typical Christmas tradition and decoration. Known for attracting good energy, luck, and fortune, Czechs believe that they can even tell your future! Near Christmas time, Czechs will make these sweet little candles out of hollow walnut halves and on Christmas eve,...
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One of the best things about visiting Prague in the Winter are The Christmas Markets. Christmas Markets are set up throughout the city every year in late November and usually remain open till Early January. The largest Christmas Market in Prague is held in the historic Old Town Square, home to the famous Prague astronomical clock,...
For many centuries, the foundries of former Czechoslovakia had been renowned for their impressive Czech crystal, glass and jewelry making craftsmanship. Before WWII, numerous factories all over the country made bižuterii a šperky – costume and real jewelry – which was admired the world over. Sadly, many of these factories closed during the war and never reopened....
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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...
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In the Czech Republic, the Mikuláš tradition is almost as big of a deal as Christmas, which is celebrated on December 24th in the Czech Republic. The famous Czech Advent tradition, which is called Svatý Mikuláš in Czech, takes place on the eve of his name day (Czech: svátek) on December 6th. The pre-Christmas celebration...
November 2nd is All Souls’ Day in the Czech Republic. Czechs call this day dušičky (“little souls”) but the official Czech name is Památka zesnulých (“a remembrance of those who have passed”). While some folks compare this to Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve), the two really have little in common. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising),...
Today is September 28th, better known as St. Wenceslas Day. It is a National Holiday in the Czech Republic. This holiday is always celebrated on the 28th of September and is also known as ‘Czech Statehood day’. It has been a public holiday since 2000. It is the feast day of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint...
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To honor the Mother’s today, I am sharing some photographs of Mother’s Day in 1948 in the former Czechoslovakia. In the Czech Republic, Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. It started in 1923. Traditionally, children make handmade gifts or write poems for their mothers. The roots can be traced all the way back to when people celebrated...
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Even though we are not at all close to Christmas, this creepy Austrian tradition is just too interesting not to share. I recently found out about a medieval tradition Austrians have on the 6th of December (Saint Nicolas) to keep children good before Christmas. They arrange a parade where Krampus, known as Saint Nicholas’s evil...
Somewhere in Bohemia, people gather to celebrate a Medieval Easter and today via the internet, we’ll be joining them at the Křivoklát Castle which is located in the Central Bohemia Region of the Czech Republic. Křivoklát was founded in the 12th century, belonging to the kings of Bohemia. During the reign of Přemysl Otakar II a large,...
There are a couple of rules when making an Easter Lamb or or Velikonoční Beránek as it is called in Czech. The most important is to use a dense cake batter. We recommend a pound cake or dough for bábovka. Rule number two is to make sure to butter and then either flour or bread crumb the...
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During the cold days of December, just before Christmas, a huge Christmas tree with millions of lights and street stands with vendors cooking up warm cider are set up in Old Town Square in the heart of Prague. In March something similar happens. Huge Easter egg statues are brought out and placed in all the parks and street stands...
As is true around the world, the symbols of Easter are directly related the beginning of new life and spring. If you visit the Czech Republic in the spring and travel outside of Prague, you must visit Castle Loučeň, a romantic baroque castle with amazing grounds and all original interiors. Chateau Loucen Garden Retreat This beautiful...