Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy Week

Today is the end of Svatý týden – Holy Week. It’s also called Svaťák.

High school seniors need to pass the maturitní zkouška exam in order to graduate and move on to university. The written section is taken in April and the oral portion is taken in May. Seniors get the entire week off from school in order to prepare for the exams.

As part of Svaťák, students dress up in the craziest costumes they can find and go out begging for money to fund their graduation party. I’ve seen plenty of students, dressed up and out ringing bells. Unfortunately, I never had my camera with me when I came across them. I’ll have to post pictures next year.

My guess is that there are more students at home studying this week than there are out collecting money. But you never know.

1 comment:

  1. The date of "maturitní zkouška" differs on various schools so you will probably see different students in costumes next Friday, in two weeks, or even later;-)
    By the way, your blog is very interesting, I really enjoy reading it - thank you.