Bonfires will be lit up across the Czech Republic tonight during the annual pálení čarodějnic (burning of the witches) or čarodějnice (witches) night.
Known as Walpurgis Night in other European countries, April 30 is an important date in many areas across the continent: it celebrates the 8th-century Catholic Saint who combated pests, rabies, whooping cough – – and witchcraft.
In the Czech Republic, the date is celebrated with a symbolic burning of witches at the stake in huge bonfires – up to ten meters tall – in open fields across the country.
In Prague, you can take part in the Witch Burning festivities at the 2018 edition of Čarodějnice na Ladronce (Witch Burning at Ladronka), a yearly event that represents one of the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic.
Organized by the city of Prague 6 and MVP Events, the yearly Witch Burning at Ladronka festival is held at the spacious Prague 6 park accessible from the tram & bus stop Vypich.
The Witch Burning festival at Ladronka is free to enter, and begins the afternoon of April 30 with a schedule of events that includes music, theater, and magic show performances.
The festival is free to enter, and suitable for families – – as long as children won’t be scared by the five-meter witch sculpture that will go up in flames.
At the expansive Ladronka park, three stages will be hosting events throughout the afternoon and early evening: two theater stages featuring a program for children, and a main stage with musical acts and more.
Local performers David Stypka & Bandjeez will hit the main stage at 18:30 in advance of the main event.
At 19:25, Prague 6 Mayor Ondřej Kolář will set the five-meter tall bonfire ablaze.
More info about the 2018 Witch Burning at Ladronka and a full schedule of what to expect can be found at the official Facebook event page.