Witches Night in Prague

There is a tradition in the Czech Republic as well as some other nearby countries of burning an effigy of a witch on a bonfire on April 30. The event is known here as Čarodejnice and in German-speaking countries as Walpurgisnacht. There are so many bonfires that heat-sensitive satellite cameras can detect it from space, all around the Czech-German border and across Bohemia.

Several Prague districts organize family-friendly events and there is also a large one at Žluté lázně, followed by an evening concert.

In modern times, Čarodejnice has become a family event a bit like Halloween. The next day, May 1, is a national holiday for labor, and more popularly for love. So the witch burning is the prelude to a day usually spent walking in parks and kissing under blossoming cherry trees.

Read the full article here (Prague.tv)

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