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Czech Republic Travel Guide
"The Czech Republic is still all things to all people. From the pulsing capital Prague to the back-in-time villages of Moravia, from toiling up mountains to lounging in spas, from the world-famous Pilsner to the strains of Smetana and Dvork, there's an experience to suit every taste.

Stunning architecture is not limited to Prague; there are plenty of beautiful structures in other towns, and significantly fewer tourists. Among the richest are Kutn Hora, Cheb, Loket and Domalice in Bohemia, and Olomouc, Telc and Kromr in Moravia."

It's not that it has completely done away with its Maoist past - it's more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced by the yang of economic pragmatis.
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Day of the Witches
"Even in these rational techno-bright days people still love those gothic Hansel-and-Gretelish tales about witches and broomsticks - one Samantha, two Darrens, a witch of a mother-in-law and eight years of nose-twitching on Bewitched can't be wrong.
These days the witches are just as likely to be young nubile Hollywood actresses working their magic for world peace and higher TV ratings than warty old hags from Salem but a little bit of a 'hubble bubble toil and trouble' never goes astray.

Most countries have their Night on Bald Mountain, their time of supernatural hocus-pocus; two-headed freaks and trolls; cauldron-stirring and chanting of spells; dancing of skeletons and howling at moons. In most Teutonic countries it is known as Walpurgisnacht; in Anglicised lands it's called Beltane or May Day; and in the Czech Republic it goes by the name of Carodejnice."

The Day of Slavonic Apostles Cyril and Methodius
The day when Slavonic Apostles Cyril and Methodius came, who brought Christianity to the territory of the todays Czech Republic in about the year 863, and some other foundations of European culture (e.g. a new type of writing), is celebrated July 5.

Jan Hus Day
The following day, July 6, marks one sad moment of Czech history. In 1415 Jan Hus , a Czech religious thinker, philosopher and reformer of the Catholic Church and a priest, was burned for his ideas in the Constance. He left for the Council of Constance equipped with a protective deed of Zikmund the King. He thought that at the time of solving the split of the church, he would be able to present his ideas, but he was asked to recall his teachings, which had moved all of Europe. He refused to do so. For promotion and the development of John Wickles ideas and Catholic reformation, he had been previously placed under interdict by Pope John XXIII.

Day of Czech Statehood
Perhaps the second most important bank holiday is celebrated September 28. It is a holiday related to the tradition of Christianity and the tradition of Saint Wenceslas. On that day, Saint Wenceslas, the monarch and future patron of the Bohemian nation, was murdered by his brother Boleslav in Star Boleslav. Every year there is a Saint Wenceslas pilgrimage organized at this place, and at Prague Castle the president awards Saint Wenceslas medals to personalities who contributed to the Czech statehood.