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Holidays in Prague 2014

Here is a listing of the national holiday breaks noticed in the Czech Republic. Most workplaces, organizations and local stores near and public transport timetables stick to the Sunday routine.

In 2014, nine from the after twelve public vacations fall on a weekday:

Wednesday, 1 January: New Year’s Day/Czech Independence Day (Nový rok/Den obnovy samostatného českého státu)
Not merely 1st day of the season, but in addition an event associated with renovation for the Czech Republic, which officially split with Slovakia on January first, 1993. Czech saying: Jak na Nový rok, tak po celý rok, which means that: ‘as on New Year’s Day, so could be the brand new year’. Additionally: don’t consume chicken for New Year’s supper, lest your luck for approaching year fly away.

Monday, 21 April: Easter Monday (Velikonoční pondělí)
Really the only movable vacation in the Czech calendar. Czech tradition: women can be outdone (maybe not viciously) with whips made from willow sticks on Easter Monday. Men receive painted eggs or shots of plum brandy (slivovice) in return for whipping of women. Alternatively, or also, females are thrown into chilled water (preferably a stream, though a bathtub will suffice).

Thursday, 1 May: work Day (Svátek práce)
Overseas Workers’ Day in a lot of nations (though maybe not the US or UK). Also referred to as May-day, this very day is celebrated for various factors around the world. Head to Petřín slope and rejuvenate your love life with a kiss under among the numerous blossom-laden trees on its slopes, a tradition remaining from a pagan fertility rite.

Thursday, 8 Might: Liberation Day (Den osvobození)
Date tagging Czech liberation from Germany at the conclusion of the Second World War. Germany finalized the regards to surrender on 8, 1945, together with German army in Prague surrendered on early morning of might 9.

Saturday, 5 July: St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day (Den slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje)
Date commemorating the spiritual teachers St. Cyril and St. Methodius, just who translated Christian literary works to the Slavic language inside ninth century.

Sunday, 6 July: Jan Hus time (Den upálení mistra Jana Husa)
Date commemorating spiritual reformer Jan Hus, who was burned in the share on July 6, 1415. July 5-6 generally incorporate to produce a long week-end of leisure, preferably invested at a summer cottage.

Sunday, 28 September: St. Wenceslas Day/Czech Statehood Day (Den české státnosti)
Commemorating St. Wenceslas, the patron saint for the Czech people additionally the Czech Republic, who had been killed in September of 929 or 935 (there are some discrepancies in connection with 12 months of his death). Czech statehood normally celebrated on this day.

Tuesday, 28 October: Independent Czechoslovak State Day (Den vzniku samostatného československého státu)
Date of this foundation of Czechoslovakia, which declared freedom from Hapsburg Empire at the conclusion of World War I.

Monday, 17 November: battle for Freedom and Democracy Day (Den boje za svobodu a demokracii)
Date commemorating the beginning of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Student demonstrations on 17 November (Overseas Students’ time) noted the beginning of the conclusion when it comes to communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Wednesday (Štědrý den)
The primary xmas celebration inside Czech Republic – the full time when gifts are exchanged and a conventional Christmas time supper (carp soup, deep-fried carp, carp shock, etc.) is supported.

Thursday (1. svátek vánoční)
Much more Christmas gatherings with extensive family members, although primary party in the Czech Republic takes place on Christmas time Eve.

Friday, 26 December: Second day's xmas (2. svátek vánoční)
Celebrated as boxing-day in the united kingdom and Canada, the Czech Republic formally recognizes the date as “Second Day of Christmas”, or St. Stephen’s Day, since it is celebrated in many other nations. St. Stephen had been the initial Christian martyr, but the time is usually celebrated due to the fact expansion of Christmas that its Czech name implies.

Source: www.expats.cz
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