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.

Prague 6 contains a nature reserve known as Divoka Sarka, which, in Czech, means “Wild Sarka”. Sarka is still a common woman’s name, but who was Wild Sarka, and how did she get her name? The legend concerns a band of women who lived in the area of what is now Prague in the 6th or 7th century AD. At that time, Bohemia was ruled by the legendary Princess Libuse, whose husband, Premysl, was a former plowman. Upon the death of Libuse, Premysl took the throne. This outraged the women of the area, who did not want their matriarchal society to become patriarchal. Civil war broke out, not between political factions, but between women and men. The leader of theRead more.