Czech Tradition: Today Kiss Your Love Under a Blossoming Tree!

1st May is celebrated in Czech as “Svátek zamilovaných” (love day), known for couples, kissing under the tree in bloom. The tradition says that a girl should be kissed under a cherry blossom so she will stay beautiful all year round. 

Perhaps every Czech is able to recite at least a couple of verses from Máj (May), a famous poem written by the romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha. The poem is a homage to the beauty of spring and tells the tragic love story of Vilém, a bandit, and Jarmila, the girl he loves. It goes like this:

It was late evening, on the first of May,

The eve of May was the time of love.The turtle-dove´s voice called to love,

Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.

It is Mácha’s sculpture in Prague Petřín where, on May 1st (or on another day of May), lovers would come with flowers to spend some pleasant time on top of the mountain, high above the city.

Walking on the Charles Bridge or on the embankment of Vltava could be really nice, but if you are in love and you want to celebrate the „Prague Valentine’s day,“ you really need to visit Petřín.

Author: red

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