In the Czech Republic, there are many state holidays that have significant meanings not only in the history of the country but also in the culture of its inhabitants. One of these holidays is St. Martin’s Day. Let’s discover the meaning of the event, what people do on this day, and what its significance is in the Czech Republic.  The mysterious name  Some people call St. Martin’s Day as the Funeral of Saint Martin, Martinsrag, Old Halloween, or Old Hallowmas Eve. Generally speaking, this holiday symbolizes the funeral day of Saint Martin of Tours. People celebrate it on a yearly basis on November 11, 3 days after the death of the saint, which took place on November 8, 397.  So,Read more.

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.

If you haven’t yet heard, there is a church full of bones located in the village of Kutna Hora about an hour east from Prague. It’s picking up a lot of hype and we can see why. This bone church is filled with bones and skulls from nearly 70,000 victims of the plague. Although it can be a bit eerie and cold, the sight is definitely worth the trip. Inside the church (Sedlec Monastery), you can see interesting configurations on how the bones are set up and displayed. You can see some of the bones arranged as some sort of shield, chandelier and into many decorations. Although it’s not as big as the catacombs in other parts of the world,Read more.