Pálení čarodějnic (30 April) One of the most noteworthy traditions in the Czech Republic is its pálení čarodějnic (witch burning) which occurs every year on April 30th. Although the actual burning of witches on stakes have ceased in the 18th century, there are a handful of European countries as well with the Czech Republic who take part in burning away “the witch of winter” to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. In the evening of April 30th, Czechs gather and create huge bonfires with what they can while preparing an effigy of a witch to be burned along with it. Most times, two large sticks would be gathered to form a cross. Then they would stuff old shirts, pantsRead more.

Every country carries out their own set of traditions and customs each year during the holidays. When moving to the Czech Republic, it’s good to be aware of some customs that may be different from your own. For example, in the Czech Republic, it’s common for households to hold off on getting a Christmas tree until December 23rd or just a few days before. Why? Answers vary, but a few have told me it’s to make sure that the tree is still alive and fresh at home on Christmas Day. Families will usually decorate the tree together on the 23rd and so it will be ready on the 24th — Christmas Day. Yes, even Christmas Day is different in CzechRead more.