Czech swine start getting nervous in early February as the nation whets its appetite and knives for their version of Carnival. While the beer-and-pork orgies are more common in villages, working-class Žižkov throws a large party each year.
It is customary for couples to visit the statue of the Czech Romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha on Petřín Hill. For others the national holiday is spent trying to forget the old obligatory Communist rallies.
Bedřich Smetana’s Má vlast, or My Homeland, kicks off the annual three-week festival that draws classical music performers and fans from around the globe. The round of concerts closes with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
This international dance festival is on the verge of becoming something great. The local dance scene has greatly benefited from it, and audiences can now see contemporary productions all year round.
It’s easier to hobnob with the stars here than at Cannes or Berlin. Hundreds of partygoers turn the sleepy west Bohemian spa town, 130 km (81 miles) from Prague, upside down for nine days. Hundreds of screenings, too.
Za dveřmi (Behind the Door) is an international street art festival that presents drama, acrobatics, parades and juggling on the streets and squares of Prague.
This festival has been a success since its first staging in 2005. It has now expanded beyond Prague, as DanceBohemia, and brings amateur folklore dance ensembles together from all around the world.
Time varies every year
Salman Rushdie, Susan Sontag and Elie Wiesel are just some of the internationally acclaimed authors who have attended this annual event. The organizers often get grief for giving Czech writers short shrift.
The first steeplechase here was held in 1874. With 31 jumps stretching over 7 km (4 miles), this is one of the biggest in Europe.
Christmas celebrations are largely devoid of religion, but the mulled wine starts flowing on St Nicholas’s Day and doesn’t stop until the Christmas carp is all eaten and the New Year’s Eve (Silvestr) fireworks arsenals are depleted.
Marks the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia.
Custom dictates that men give women a gentle whipping with a willow switch, and women respond with painted eggs.
Romantics lay flowers before the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha on Petřín Hill.
Plaques around town are adorned with flowers to remember those killed by the Germans in 1945.
The Greek missionaries (see Cathedral of Sts Cyril and Methodius) brought both Christianity and the Cyrillic alphabet to the Slavs.
Czechs commemorate one of the greatest figures of Czech history (see World War II).
Bohemia’s history is recalled on St Wenceslas Day, as most Czechs call it.
In 1918 Czechoslovakia declared itself independent of Austro-Hungary.
The Velvet Revolution anniversary is marked with candles and flowers.
Streets fill with carp sellers and hedonists drinking mulled wine.