New Culturally Important Days Added to Czech Holiday Calendar

The dates will commemorate the victims of the 1942 Lidice massacre among other significant events from World War II

The Czech Republic observes thirteen public holldays as well as a number of days that are symbolically recognized—the former of which are bank holidays, the latter of which are working days (unless they fall on a weekend).

MPs have now voted to add several more days—all of which would commemorate significant historic dates from World War II—to the official list of culturally important days on the Czech holiday calendar.

This year marks 75 years since the 1942 assassination attempt on Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, resulting in his death in a Prague hospital, which led to the Nazi’s mass executions of the inhabitants of the villages of Lidice and Lezaky, and the razing of those areas in the aftermath.

June 10 will be recognized as a day of memorial for the victims, some 500 inhabitants including women and children.

June 18 will become the Day of the Second Resistance Heroes in honor of the seven Czechoslovak paratroopers behind the plot to assassinate Heydrich, known as operation Anthropoid, who died in a shoot-out in the crypt of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral on this date.

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The MPs also voted to commemorate the biggest mass murder of Czechoslovak citizens, the liquidation of the Terezin family camp, taking place on March 9, 1944 in which 3,792 Czechoslovak Jews perished.

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The amendment to the bill on public holidays awaits a final sign-off from President Zeman.

Significant days, though recognized nationally, are more symbolic in nature; see here for a full description of those days.

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