Get those miniature flags ready if you’re in Prague this weekend because from October 26th to October 28th, the city will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic’s foundation.
Although the Czechoslovak Republic, which was established in 1918, has long since split into two separate states, namely Czechia and Slovakia, its creation marks a crucial moment in central European history, especially for citizens of the aforementioned countries. For roughly 300 years the region was ruled by a succession of monarchs from Austria or Hungary but after World War I the Czech and Slovakian people declared their independence from external powers, and then united to form a democratic republic. This union survived in one form or another for the next 70 years, before peacefully disbanding into modern-day Czechia and Slovakia in 1993, after the fall of communism in Europe.
To celebrate the republic’s centenary, events will take place throughout Prague between October 26th to 28th, ranging from the grand reopening of the National Museum to live hip-hop concerts. Here’s what to expect.
To celebrate the movement’s influence on Czech national identity, representatives of age-old gymnastics organisation Sokol will march from Kampa Island to Wenceslas Square from 12.15pm on 28 October. By combining physical training with academics this movement helped revive Czech language, culture and heritage in the late 19th century, contributing to the unification of the Czech people. As Sokol were well-known for their elaborate group acrobatic performances, the parade will end with an open-air gymnastics show on Wenceslas Square.
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