Throughout the year, several public holidays are specific to the Czech Republic so we thought it might be interesting to give you a detailed list of them!
There are 13 bank holidays in the Czech Republic in 2020. Except for Good Friday and Easter Monday, the dates of the holidays are fixed. The “sliding holiday” concept is not applied, i.e. when a holiday falls on a Saturday/Sunday, the following Monday is a normal business day.
In 2020, local citizens will enjoy longer holidays than the past year, except for Easter. Holidays follow the weekend five times, mainly from May to September.
1 January – New Year’s Day (Wednesday): Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
10 April – Good Friday (Friday): Good Friday is a public holiday since 2016.
13 April – Easter (Monday)
1 May – May Day (Friday)
8 May – Liberation from Fascism (Friday): 1945, the end of the European part of World War II
5 July – Cyril and Methodius (Sunday): In 863, Church teachers St. Cyril (Constantine) and Metoděj (Methodius) came from the Balkans to Great Moravia to propagate Christian faith and literacy.
6 July – Burning at Stake of Jan Hus (Monday): The religious reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake in 1415.
28 September – Czech Statehood Day (Monday): In 935, St. Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, now the patron of the Czech State, was murdered by his brother.
28 October – Establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic (Wednesday): Independence Day and Creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918.
17 November – Freedom and Democracy Day (Tuesday): Commemorating the student demonstration against Nazi occupation in 1939, and the demonstration in 1989 that started the Velvet Revolution.
24 December – Christmas Eve (Thursday): Christmas is celebrated on the evening of the 24th.
25 December – Christmas Day (Friday)
26 December – Christmas Day (Saturday)