Czechs celebrate many standard holidays as well as numerous traditional ones throughout the year. There is a long history here of marking the seasons with different festivities and characters.
Here is a list of some of the most famous holidays in Czech Republic.
- January 1st – Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State. This holiday marks the date in 1993 when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- April 6th – Easter Monday. This is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday. Formerly it was celebrated as Easter Week in many places but was reduced to a one day celebration in the 19th
- May 1st – May Day. The holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement. The holiday may also be known as Labor Day or International Worker’s Day.
- Christmas Day – December 25th. This is globally celebrated religious holiday which celebrates the Nativity of Jesus. It is a public holiday in most countries around the world.
- Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day – December 26th. It has been said that the name of Boxing Day comes from people getting rid of empty boxes from presents after Christmas day.
- Saints Cyril and Methodius Day – July 5th. The holiday is celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia who follow the Roman Catholic feast days. Saints Cyril and Methodius were two Byzantine brothers who went as missionaries spreading Christianity among the Slavic peoples.
- Jan Hus Day – July 6th. This holiday commemorates the martyrdom of Jan Hus who was a priest, reformer and master of Charles University in Prague. Jan Hus is seen as a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century.