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American Czechs and their Religious Beliefs (1) At the time of the mass migration of Czechs to America, according to the Austrian statistics, 960 Catholics, 22 Protestants, 16 Jews and less than 1 percent of agnostics lived in Bohemia, among 1,000 inhabitants. After they came to America, the statistics looked quite differently. Take for example...
Celebrating-May-1st-in-Prague-Tres-Bohemes-3
In the Czech Republic May 1st is a national holiday known as Labour day (Czech: Svátek práce). However, most Czechs regard the 1st of May as “love day”. On the 1st of May many couples in Prague gather at the statue of the Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha located in Petřín Park. They often...
night-of-the-witch-burning
After the serious record low freezes in Šumava last week, perhaps it’s best to welcome the final end of a much too long winter this year. And if you’re wondering how that’s done – it’s by burning witches. Night of the witch burning occurs on April 30th in the Czech Republic and is called pálení čarodějnic (literally,...
Old_Photos_of_Czech_Children_Tres_Bohemes
We came across a selection of old photographs of Czech children of the early 19th Century, most likely dressing up for school or church. As I browsed the photographs I wondered what kinds of lives these children went on to have. Note the selection of props and toys that some have. I especially like the sibling photos which fascinate...
The-Violin-Makers-of-Luby-Tres-Bohemes-4
Luby is a small town located in the Cheb District of the Czech Republic. It began as a small mining town but later became known as the center of violin making. During the 13th century the mining of cinnabar began in the town of Schönenbach (Modern day Luby) bringing hundreds of miners -and musicians- to...
The-Forgotten-Trolleybuses-of-Prague-Tres-Bohemes-3
In 1972 the last trolleybus drove though the cobblestone streets of Prague. On the following morning, after many years of trolleybus transportation in Prague, the trolleybus traffic finally came to an end. Today, the Czech capital offers various methods of transportation which include metro, tram, and taxi. The trolleybus era, however, is no longer alive....
Shrovetide_Procession_Czech_Republic_Tres_Bohemes
Every year, in the days when winter slowly gives way to spring, something unusual takes place in the Eastern Bohemian Highlands of the Czech Republic. Villages such as Veselý Kopec and Hlinecko hold colourful and merry carnival processions. The Masopustní průvod translates to Shrovetide procession and the merrymakers travel from house to house, delivering joy, health...
Beet-Sugar-CSSR-Czech-Beets_TresBohemes
Today we are taking a peek at the history of Czechs and their connection to beets and the sugar that comes from them. The very first mention was written by 16th-century scientist, Olivier de Serres, who discovered a process for preparing sugar syrup from the common red beet. He concluded, The beet-root, when being boiled, yields a...
There seems to exist a very special bond between falconers and their majestic birds. Demonstrations of falconry in the courtyards of Bohemian and Moravian castles and chateaux exist to this day. The beautiful falcon and its prey have evolved their existence together over millions of years. The falcon is adapted to hunting prey and prey has...