Forbes called it one of the most spectacular Easter celebarations in Europe but for those who are not yet familiar with the ins and outs of the Czech easter holiday, here is your Velikonoce (Czech for Easter) cheat sheet.
Do you know your days of the Czech Easter week?
It all begins with Ugly Wednesday when schoolchildren start their holiday break; on Green Thursday boys arm themselves with traditional wooden rattles in an effort to scare off Judas. This is repeated on Good Friday and White Saturday (when our little noisemakers go door-to-door for gifts). On Easter Sunday eggs are painted; Easter Monday sees the main events: whipping by pomlázka and feasting.
About that whip: it may be a traditional spectacle that gets worldwide media attention every spring, but the Czech practice of whipping women with a bundle of willow twigs is beginning to feel a little outdated. We suggest having a go at making your own and using it for decorative purposes only (take a photo and send it to us if you manage)!
For an even more festive experience, head to the Vyšehrad Easter carnival from March 24-28. Live music, a lively processional to the riverbank, arts and crafts workshops, and old-fashioned Easter dishes are slated.
Not everyone is into cooking and, in fact, Easter brunch is becoming a Prague tradition. Some tips for Easter brunch spots include: La Boucherie & Bistrot M., Augustine Restaurant, Chateau St. Havel, Kalina Cuisine & Vins, and Argument restaurant. See full menus and more Easter dining tips here.
If you are leaving Prague entirely—Good Friday is a national holiday this year—here are some travel ideas from castle trips to charming village celebrations to Easter spa excursions.
Make sure to brush up on the Czech Easter rhyme and all of the other mainstays of the Czech Easter celebration, touched upon in our article here:
Hody hody doprovody
dejte vejce malovany
dejte aspon bily
však Vam slepička snese jiny
(Give me a colored egg, if you won’t give me a colored egg, give me a white one and get your hen to lay another.)
What is your favorite part of Czech Easter?