• The Month of May Starts With a Bang in Prague……

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Festivals, Food & Drink, Prague, Sport

     Prague is the place to be on May Day

     

    1st May is usually known as May Day and is an ancient spring festival in the Northern Hemisphere. In the late 19th Century it was also chosen as the date for International Workers Day or Labour Day. Along with many other countries, the Czech Republic has declared 1st May to be a public holiday and many shops will be shut or have limited opening times.

    There are plenty of events taking place in Prague on this public holiday which will no doubt be of interest to tourists and locals alike.

    The Festival of Majales is a student-based festival which takes place throughout the Czech Republic during the whole month of April. In Prague it takes the form of several concerts, exhibitions, workshops and sports events. It culminates in a parade on May Day starting at the top of Wenceslas Square, ending at the Old Town Square.

    The Petrin Hill & Observation Tower are the focus for lovers on May 1st. Built as a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. It sits at the summit of Petrin Hill amongst wonderful landscaped gardens. Lovers will place flowers at the foot of a statue of the 19th century poet, Karel Hynek Macha and then linger and enjoy the views from this beautiful spot.

    On 1st May the St. Wenceslas Vineyard in the grounds of Villa Richter below Prague Castle will play host to a Festival of Rosé Wines. Several dozen wineries present their rosés, totalling over 100 different bottles to taste from. There is also food on offer to accompany the wine.

    To cap it all, Prague will be hosting the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships which start on 1st May and run right through to 17th May. The Group Stage games take place in Prague and Ostrava with the finals at the capital’s O2 Arena. The Czechs take on Olympic gold and silver medallists Canada and Sweden in Prague in the preliminary round.

    Prague is certainly the place to be on May Day this year!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1st May is usually known as May Day and is an ancient spring festival in the Northern Hemisphere. In the late 19th Century it was also chosen as the date for International Workers Day or Labour Day. Along with many other countries, the Czech Republic has declared 1st May to be a public holiday and many shops will be shut or have limited opening times.

     

    There are plenty of events taking place in Prague on this public holiday which will no doubt be of interest to tourists and locals alike.

     

    The Festival of Majales is a student-based festival which takes place throughout the Czech Republic during the whole month of April. In Prague it takes the form of several concerts, exhibitions, workshops and sports events. It culminates in a parade on May Day starting at the top of Wenceslas Square, ending at the Old Town Square.

     

    The Petrin Hill & Observation Tower are the focus for lovers on May 1st. Built as a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower was built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. It sits at the summit of Petrin Hill amongst wonderful landscaped gardens. Lovers will place flowers at the foot of a statue of the 19th century poet, Karel Hynek Macha and then linger and enjoy the views from this beautiful spot.

     

    On 1st May the St. Wenceslas Vineyard in the grounds of Villa Richter below Prague Castle will play host to a Festival of Rosé Wines. Several dozen wineries present their rosés, totalling over 100 different bottles to taste from. There is also food on offer to accompany the wine.

     

    To cap it all, Prague will be hosting the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships

    which start on 1st May and run right through to 17th May. The Group Stage games take place in Prague and Ostrava with the finals at the capital’s O2 Arena. The Czechs take on Olympic gold and silver medallists Canada and Sweden in Prague in the preliminary round.

     

    Prague is certainly the place to be on May Day this year!