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Category / Holidays
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,...
Czech_Easter_Velikonoce_Tres_Bohemes
Today’s post is short because we’re spending Easter with our family. We did however want to share a varied mixture of old vintage Easter greetings from the old country because they’re so, well, nice to look at! You know, over time we’ve posted several different Easter-themed posts. You can see some of what we have...
St. Patrick’s Day in Prague is celebrated for the entire weekend in Prague. This is because every year, more and more expats & locals are loving and supporting the traditional celebrations that make up St. Patrick’s day. Now there aren’t a lot of Irish people in Prague, and St. Patrick’s Day really has nothing to do...
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...
Ignis-Brunensis-Flame-Of-Brno-Tres-Bohemes-8
Ignis Brunensis (Latin for “Flame of Brno”) is an annual fireworks competition which is held in the city of Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, every June. The Ignis Brunensis fireworks show and competition itself is part of a larger festival called Brno – City in the Centre of Europe which takes...
Prague-Christmas-2-Tres-Bohemes
You may have seen our recent posts about Czech Christmas traditions and just all things Czech Christmas. I recently found a video filmed by Metron, a Vimeo user focusing mainly on short travel movies. The short film captures Prague’s Christmas at its best and I just had to share. The video gives you a real life like...
Mistletoe-Tres-Bohemes
Just like here in the United States, mistletoe is a big part of the Czech Christmas traditions. Here mistletoe (called jmelí in Czech) is most known for its infamous reputation as a place where you kiss your loved one when they are caught standing underneath it. Except in the Czech Republic, it is not used so...
We Czechs (Bohemians, Moravians and Slovaks) have several passed-down and traditional Christmas superstitions and some are just as well known in other parts of the world as they are in the Czech Republic. Czech people believe that certain foods and herbs can serve to tell the future and predict the year ahead. Around Christmas time, these specific predicting activities have been celebrated by...