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.