A community event with a fiery twist
As strange Czech traditions go, one of my personal favorites is pálení čarodějnic (witch burning) which occurs each year on April 30th. Although the historic tradition of burning witches at the stake ended by the 18th century, many European countries, including the Czech Republic, still say goodbye to winter and welcome spring by burning “the witch of winter” as an effigy on a bonfire. The holiday is six months after Halloween and falls squarely between the spring equinox and summer solstice. It’s an evening primed for magic, or at least, for staying outside well past bedtime.