Czech Traditions Archive

Introduction to Czech Traditions

Category: Czech Tradition

The Czech Republic might seem small in size, however, it is huge in customs and traditions which are still observed. The country was founded early in the seventh century, which is reflected in some of the traditions bearing signs of pagan beliefs. Christianity brought by Cyril and Methodius in the ninth century changed the nature […]

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Bass Drum Burial

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“Pochovani basy”, the burial of bass – the instrument, not the fish – is a rather funny Czech tradition. However, to understand this tradition, we have to talk about many circumstances surrounding it, as it is not a standard stand-alone event. The burial is the final part of the Masopust celebration. Masopust is the period […]

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Czech Hunting Traditions

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Myslivost, or game-keeping, is a set of wildlife activities which serves to manage a population of animals within an environment’s ecological capacity, including hunting animals due to overpopulation, when natural checks, such as predators, are missing, to breeding them if they are underrepresented in the forest. Animals are hunted for population control, food, and trophies. […]

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St. Mikulas Czech Tradition

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Have you ever heard about St. Mikulas? If not, you should at least know the name Nicholas. The story surrounding St. Mikulas is actually quite intriguing and inspirational. First of all, the name Mikulas is the Czech equivalent of the Greek name Nikolaos, meaning “the victory of people” or “winner among the people,” which may […]

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Czech Name Day Tradition

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One of the strongest Czech traditions, even embodied by national law, is Jmeniny (Name’s Day). There is more to this tradition than just simply celebrating your name day on the calendar. Here’s a peek behind the curtain. First of all, it’s almost exclusively a European holiday. The tradition can find its roots, as with many […]

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St. Stephen’s Day Carols in Studenec

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The small village of Studenec in Jilemnice is one of the last places where “Stepanska koleda” is still alive. It’s an old Czech tradition; yet so many people don’t know much about it. Everything started in 1954. On the 26th of December, a group of friends in Studenec decided to celebrate St. Stephen’s name day. […]

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Mushroom Gathering

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The Czechs have been picking mushrooms since primitive times, and they have become part of their other traditions, like Christmas Dinner or the celebration of the New Year. Mushrooms were the “meat of the poor.” Today, most of the forests are freely accessible and it is legal to pick mushrooms. They are not even taxed. […]

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Arriving of Krakonos Festival

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The celebratory arrival of Krakonos, or Rubezahl and Liczyrzepa, as he is called in German and Polish languages, is an annual event to welcome spring, celebrated in the Krkonose Mountains and their surrounding regions, which began over 70 years ago and continues to this day. The festival takes place in the middle of March around […]

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Czech Wedding Traditions

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Some people don’t think that they need a marriage certificate in the Czech Republic. A wedding is one of the most memorable and important days in our lives. The Czechs have developed many wedding traditions that ensure a happy life with your better half for over the centuries. When you get engaged and you start […]

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Hornacko Area Festivals

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Hornacko is an ethnographic microregion situated in the Hodonin District, South Eastern Moravia in The Czech Republic. Hornacke slavnosti is a four-day festival based in the village of Velka nad Velickou, a tradition founded in 1957. There is no other festival organized in the Czech Republic that shows the history, the past and the present […]

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