Czech Republic Public Holidays

Czech Republic Holidays

The Czech Republic is a European country with a population of about 10,5 million people. The Czech language is the main language spoken by 95% of people. The other language is Slovak which is spoken by the minority.

The Czech Republic Calendar contains religious holidays and National holidays. The main public holidays on the official calendar are listed below:

New Year’s Day: The New Year begins on 1 January. In the Czech Republic, another holiday is also celebrated on this day along with New Year. This is the declaration of Independence in 1933 that saw the country becoming an independent state after the breakdown of the former Czechoslovakia. On this day, people have an occasion to celebrate a special event on a New Year. This day is known as Den obnovy samostatného českého státu; Nový rok

Easter Monday: The Czech Republic is a religious country that observes Easter. Unlike in other countries where Easter is a four day festival, starting with Good Friday, in the Czech Republic, the people only celebrate Easter on Sunday and Monday. The holiday starts with Easter Sunday and concludes with Easter Monday. Easter is known as Velikonoční pondělí

Labour Day: The international day for honoring workers is held on 1 May. Some people call it May day. It’s a day for labour and trade unions. It is known as Svátek práce

Liberation Day: This is the commemoration and remembrance of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The day set aside for this event is 8 May. The Czechs call it Den vítězství or Den osvobození

St Cyril & Methodius Day: This is a Christian holiday that marks the spreading of the gospel to the Moravia region. It is observed on 5 July. Constantine (christened St Cyril) and Methodius are credited with spreading the Gospel as well as teaching people about the Bible. These events happened a long time ago in 863 AD. This holiday is known as Den slovanskych verozvestu Cyrila a metodeje in the local language.

Jan Hus Day: On 6 July, the Christians in the country remember Jan Hus, one of the 13th century Christian reformers and Martyrs who was the victim of the Roman Catholic execution of Protestants. He was executed in 1415 by being burned at the stake .This holidays is known as Den upaleni mistra Jana Husa.

 

St Wenceslas Day: Also known as Czech Statehood Day or Den české státnosti, this is a day to commemorate the death of the Duke of Bohemia [St Wenceslas] who died at the hands of his brother in 935 AD. St Wenceslas has been proclaimed as the patron of the state. The day is commemorated on 28 September.

 

Czechoslovak State Day: This is a National holiday to celebrate the 28 October 1918 occasion when Czechoslovakia was created. The holiday is held on 28 October and it is known as Den vzniku samostatného československého státu            

 

Freedom Struggle & Democracy Day: This holiday is held on November 17 to commemorate the 1989 Velvet Revolution. The holiday also commemorates the 1939 student protest against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Christmas Eve: This is holiday that sets the mood for Christmas Day. Celebrated on the 24th of December at night, the locals call it Štědrý den

Christmas Day: December 25 is Christmas Day for the citizens of the Czech Republic. It’s an international & religious holiday for Christians. It’s known as the first day of Christmas or svátek vánoční

St Stephens Day: The Czech Republic Calendar ends the year with St Stephens Day, which is also known as the 2nd Day of Christmas in the Czech Republic.