If you are wondering what life is all about in the Czech Republic, we are providing you with some interesting facts in this article.
The Czech Republic is by far one of the most attractive destinations in Central Europe for expatriates. Rich in culture and traditions, it provides a pleasant environment and lifestyle to foreign nationals looking forward to settle there, not to mention various professional opportunities. Indeed, on moving there, you will discover a warm and hospitable population enjoying a different and interesting lifestyle.
Festivals and public holidays
Every year, the Czech Republic observes several historical and religious public holidays namely:
- January 1st – New Year
- Easter Monday
- May 1st – Labor Day
- May 8 – 1945 Liberation Day
- July 5 – St Cyril and St Method Day
- July 6 – Commemoration of the death of Jan Hus (allegory of the struggle against Catholic, imperial and German oppression)
- September 28 – St Wenceslas (patron of Bohemia)
- October 28 – Republic Foundation Day
- November 17 – Commemoration of the Velvet Revolution
- December 24, 25 and 26 – Christmas
Some other events such as the Prague Spring Festival, which is an international music festival are held in the second half of May. In June and July, you will witness the International Folklore Festival in Stránice and the International Film Festival in Karlovy which is held every two years. The Grand Prix, a popular motorbike race, is held in August. In fact, there is always something going on in the country all year long.
The Czech cuisine is inspired from the Germanic and Balkan cuisines. Dishes are usually rich and very often accompanied by whipped cream and often not accompanied by bread or of any other cereals. In contrast, traditional dishes prepared during religious festivals are even more abundant and crafted.
In general, the local cuisine consists of meat in gravy, rich toppings, beer, pork, potatoes, butter and cream, etc. However, Western cultures have a strong influence on it, thus making daily meals lighter by replacing most fat ingredients with healthier ones.
One of the most popular Czech snacks consists of a sausage known as vurt, a slice of wholemeal bread and a layer of mustard. Among the other Czech specialties, you have the knedlíky which is made of flour, eggs, yeast and stale bread. These are boiled and sliced and served as a substitute for bread. Dobrou chut! (Enjoy your meal !)
Like elsewhere, beer is very popular in the Czech Republic. Restaurants, cafes and clubs offer nearly 500 types of beer, whether brown, blond, white or anything. Wine is also an essential part of the national culture, especially the Bohemian wine. South Moravia's white wine is also much appreciated.
The Czech greatly value family ties. Parents, children and grandchildren always find the time to catch up. Since the communist regime in the Czech Republic, home used to be the only place where one could express himself freely. Despite considerable changes over the years, families still hold a significant importance in the life of Czechs.
Czech is spoken throughout the whole country, varying with a particular accent or dialect from one region to another. Moreover, Czech is quite similar to Slovakian, which makes communication easier. When meeting a foreign national, Czechs do not hesitate to speak more slowly, easing their pronunciation so as to be better understood. Indeed, Czechs are with no doubt welcoming and hospitable people.