Compact archive May 1, 2007

International Day of Bird's Singing?

There are many important days in the calender and 1st May is one of them – the Labour Day, which is celebrated worldwide and Prague is not an exception. There are other dates connected with important events or things.

The International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21st September, the World AIDS Day on 1st December, the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on 27th January or the World Environment Day on 5th June.

Novinky brings some other important days. 6th March is dedicated to the Iodine Day, 11th March to the Brain Day, 21st March to the Day of Healthy Sleep, 2nd May to the Day of Bird’s Singing, two days later the Day of Midwifes or 21st November to the World Day of Greetings.

May 1st – an unordinary day in Prague

Do you want to know more about celebrating 1st May in the Czech Republic? We bring you some ideas:

The celebrations of May 1st are in many people’s mind connected with the huge celebrations during the communist regime. For over forty years, there were float parades in all big cities in the back then Czechoslovakia. The biggest parade was, of course, in Prague, to be more precise, in Letna Plain, Prague 7.

The participation on those massive communist manifestations celebrating the Labor Day was mandatory. People had to go if they didn’t want to have troubles. And so the big plain in Letna witnessed every year on May 1st the same scenario – thousands of people waving little Czechoslovak and Soviet flags at the communists party officials who were seated on a tribune decorated in red, with huge pictures of Marxist leaders and signs “With Soviet Union Forever”. For everyone this was a waste of time… (read the whole article)