Mother’s Day in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic celebrated its first Mother’s Day in 1926. Alice Masarykova, daughter of the President of Czechoslovakia, was instrumental in establishing this holiday. However, the communist later inaugurated Woman’s Day on March 8, which is still celebrated by many in Central and Eastern Europe. Woman’s Day is controversial owing to its politicized and propagandized […]

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Easter in the Czech Republic

Under communism, the Christian understanding of Easter was suppressed in Czechoslovakia.  But even with the return of freedom, Easter remains a fun holiday, not a religious holiday. Czech’s enjoy the days leading up to Easter Sunday—Ugly Wednesday, Green Thursday, Good Friday, and White Saturday— and then celebrate an Easter Monday. Eggs are dyed or decorated […]

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Valentine’s Day in the Czech Republic

Valentine’s Day in the Czech Republic is one of their newer holidays. Czech’s didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day until after the Velvet Revolution. That doesn’t mean they didn’t have a special day to express affection. Traditionally, this has been May 1st, known as International Labor Day as well as the “Day of Love.” There are often […]

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Šťastný Nový Rok (Happy New Year)

Czechs have a saying: Jak na Nový rok, tak po celý rok, which means “As on the New Year, so for the whole year.” This belief has led to many of their New Year’s traditions. One tradition that I can gladly embrace is cleaning your home until it sparkles. The whole family takes part, making […]

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