Czech Culture & Adaptation Holidays

Witch burning in the CZ

April 24, 2015
Witch burning

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.

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