Friday, March 25, 2016

Velký pátek

Velký pátek is "Good Friday".  It is the Friday before Easter and is a day of fasting for Roman Catholics and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Czech parliament has now made Velký pátek the newest public holiday.  It does seem like an odd choice for a public holiday in one of the most atheistic countries in the world.

It used to be a national holiday in Czechoslovakia but it was abolished by the communists in 1951.

Since there's no chance of the days falling on a weekend, Good Friday and Easter Monday guarantees a four day weekend each year.   It's already a public holiday in neighbouring Austria, Germany, and Slovakia.

On Saturday we loose an hour due to the time change but somehow it doesn't seem as bad since we now have a four-day weekend.

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