Czech Christmas Traditions
Dec20

Czech Christmas Traditions

Christmas time is connected with many traditions and customs. Some are shared by almost all Christian countries but there are many traditions specific for each country. I will tell you about the traditions that are being held in the Czech Republic. Our Christmas start early Christmas (“Vánoce”) means three day of holiday (24th to 26th December). The main day of Christmas for the Czechs is 24th December (while it is a working day in...

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Old Town City Hall
Dec03

Old Town City Hall

The Old Town City Hall which is known especially for the Astronomical Clock which is frequently featured on the covers of Prague tourist guides, dominates the Old Town Square. However, the Astronomical clock is not the only attraction of this old building. Place of major events The Old Town City Hall was also a place of several major historical moments. In 1458, the Czech estates elected George of Poděbrady Czech King in a situation...

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Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day
Nov17

Prague: Impetus Behind International Student’s Day

Prague origins The 17th of November was declared International Student’s Day in 1941 and is still commemorated – mostly at universities – all over the world. Unfortunately, almost no one knows that the events that led to it happened right here in Prague. It is the only international day that has Czech roots. Demonstrations of 28th October 1939 What happened in 1939? Most importantly, the Czech region of Czechoslovakia was occupied by...

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The Little Mole
Nov03

The Little Mole

Every Czech child knows cartoons which feature the little mole (“krteček”). And not only Czech children. The mole is broadcasted in many other countries of the world. It appears in books, there are toys, jigsaw puzzles etc. based on the films. The little mole adventures are designed for children around 2-4 years of age but remain popular among older children as well as the parents. How it all began? Interesting aspect of this cartoon...

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Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence
Oct28

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence

At a corner of the Hradčany Square in front of the Prague Castle stands a bronze statue of an elderly man with the letters TGM on the pedestal. The man is Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a philosopher and also a politician whose finest hour came when he was well into his 60’s. During World War I he advocated the independence of Czechoslovakia. He then served 17 years as the first President of the new state. His death in 1937 was seen by...

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