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The Travel Expert’s Guide to the Czech Republic

The Travel Expert’s Guide to the Czech Republic The Czech Republic is beer country and so much more. It’s one of those places you don’t think to travel to but enjoy every second of it, especially on Easter weekend as they have numerous festivals on those days. This is The Travel Expert’s Guide to Czech Republic. To travel you will need a Passport, but no Visa, routine immunization shots, some basic Czech and Czech Koruma (currency). Places to check out
  • Sumara N. National Park – For some amazing trails and views.
  • Kutna hara – For shopping and local fun
  • Slovka U Buma - for Beer and festivals
  • Prochov Rock – Trekking and sightseeing
  • Bohemia – For the cosmopolitan travelers
  • Vernissage market – Best place for shopping in Czech Republic.
Czech Easter Traditions and Celebrations Ponlazka (Braided Pussywillow Twigs Whips) Made from eight, twelve or even twenty-four Pussywillow twigs, usually from half a meter to two meters long and decorated with colored ribbons at the end. The Ponlazka is used for centuries by boys who go caroling on Easter Morning and symbolically whip girls on the leg. It is believed that doing so will cause the woman to remain beautiful and young for many years. Koleda (Easter Carol) – An Easter Carol, usually asking for an egg or two, would be recited by the boys while using the Ponlazka then afterwards the girl gives the boy two chocolate eggs form a basket she carries with her as she walks around. Song goes something like [ give a painted egg, if you don’t give a painted one, give at least a white one, the hem will bring you something different] Kraslice – (Egg Decoration) The hand painted or decorated egg (Kraslice) is the most recognizable symbol of Czech Easter. They go to great length to create highly complex eggs with amazing patterns. They believe the more elaborate eggs will attract more whipping boys and thus increase their beauty. Different materials are used like Bee’s Wax, straw, watercolor, onion peel, and of course, chocolate. Rehtachy (wooden rattles making noise) From Thursday to Saturday boys walk around the village house making noise with their rehtachy to summon people to go to church in lu of bells Skareda Streda (Ugly Wednesday) – it’s the time when they do spring cleaning. They get rid of all winter mess and prepare for a warm spring and put on Easter decorations Zeleny Ctvrtek (Green Thursday, holy Thursday) It’s a day of fasting where Catholics do not eat any animal’s product of any kind and only consume one meal of green vegetable. During that day in the Czech Republic, do not expect to find restaurants serving anything else Velky Patek – (good Friday) In Folk Tradition, this day is closely connected with the believe in the magic power of the earth. It’s not just a religious holiday for Catholics in the Czech Republic but also a day the earth gives up its secret treasures before sunrise. It is believing that not respecting this holiday will bring great misfortune. As such tourist on the Czech Republic are encouraged to partake or face the consequences. Bila Sobota – (white Saturday) – is regarded as a lucky day for sowing. The farmers place ashes on their fields to ensure a good crop, and shake the trees, so that they’ll yield a lot of fruit. They say that if it rains on Bila Sobota, it will be a good harvest. This is a day of peace and quiet and rambunctious and vociferous tourist are treated with disdain. Bozi Hod Velikonocni (Easter Sunday) it’s a day of preparation for Easter Monday. Gers and women pain, color and decorate eggs if they haven’t done so already and boys prepare their Ponlazka from willow twigs. Velikonocni Pondeli (Easter Monday) It is a day of joy for children and adults alike. Men and boys set out to search for girls, to hit them with their Easter Ponlazka. During caroling and whipping, the girl presents the Easter eggs to the boys. easter__shutterstock_605297603 Food to try out in the Czech Republic.
  • Mazanec – A sweet yeaster Bread made with run soaked raisins and topped with almonds.
  • Jidaski (Judas Bread) Small rolls sweet rolls, they are shaped like coins so that is why they are referred to as Judas Bread.
  • Svichva na Smetane (beef in Gravy)
  • Goulash
  • Steak Tartare and Eggs
  • Pork Knuckles
  • Kolaches
  • Potato Pancakes (sweet)
  • Czech Beer – This will get its own section as it is simply the best beer in the world!
Beer worth trying out
  • Lehke – A light beer Brewed below 8”
  • Vycephi – “tap” beer, though it can be brewed between 8” and 10”
  • Lezak – Pager Beer with a unique flavor
Czech Republic Consumes 156 liters of Beer Per capita Per year second only to the republic of Modova. It is not uncommon to see people under 18 drinking and drinks as part of meals. There are Beer Festivals all thought the year, too many to list. Best Check out the Cesky Puvin Festival for the best Beer tasting and fun drinking around. Keep in mind Czech beer contains an incredibly high alcohol content due to their massive tolerance of the beast. When to go – Best time is During Easter, Or June- August. It’s less Crowded from May, Sept, and Oct and Impossible to survive from December to February. Culture Shock warnings. If you travel on Easter be ready to see boys whipping girls and them screaming about it. It’s only a game and they are in no real danger, but tourists tend to feel a tad uncomfortable, especially when they do not know about the costumes of the place. Be warned that carrying an egg basket with traditional Czech clothing makes you fair game for this too. Tipping Rules – 10% for waitstaff, Round up Taxi Drivers, 300-400 KC for tour guides. And 10% for bartenders. Do NOT leave your tip on the table. Tell your server how much you are tipping them or they will run after you to give you the money you left on the table. Yes, the Czech are very nice folks. Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home Table Manners- Keep your Knife in your right hand; Fork in your left, do NOT switch. Keep Hands above the table even when not using cutely. When finished, place your fork and knife parallel on the place, Keep the Tines Up and place napkin on the right side of the plate Greet with a handshake and direct eye contact. Be on time Czechs highly value punctuality. This means be ON THE DOT, not early and not late. Hosts will refill empty glasses. If finished, just leave your glass partially full. Its polite to refuse a second helping the first time it is offered. Allow the host to insist. Basic Czech 
  • Hello - Dabry den (Dooh-Bree- Dehnnn)
  • Goodbye – Na Shledanau (NAH SHLEH-dah-nah)
  • Please – Prosim (Proh-SEM)
  • Thank you – Dekeji (DJAH-Kee)
  • Pardon me – S Dovalenin (s DOH-vah_seh-neem)
  • English? - Anglick (uhn-Glik-skee)?
  • Yes - Ano (ah-no)
  • No - neeh (Neeh)

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