St. Wenceslas Day – Czech Statehood Day – Den české státnosti on September 28

The St. Wenceslas day is celebrated every year on September 28 in Czech Republic commemorating the death of the Czech prince St. Wenceslas.

It is a national holiday in Czech Republic, and is celebrated as the Czech Statehood Day.

Statue of Saint Wenceslaus in St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague.

It is the most popular autumn celebrations taking place at many venues throughout the Czech Republic. The biggest celebrations of St. Wenceslas Day take place in Prague, Český Krumlov, Břeclav and Ostrava.

Czech Statehood Day Celebrations :

Czech Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. On this day, the Czech president awards St. Wenceslas medals to people who contributed for good of the country. This ceremony takes place at Prague Castle, where a memorial wreath is placed on the statue of St. Wenceslas.

St. Wenceslas Festival Celebrations in Czech Republic :

The St. Wenceslaus is mainly a traditional festival which usually takes place over several days and offers various cultural and social events – from theatre and dance performances to fairs, demonstrations of various crafts, parades of villagers dressed in folk costumes and concerts.

About St. Wenceslas :

Wenceslaus I (907 – 28th September 935) was the duke of Bohemia from 921 until his assassination in 935, purportedly in a plot by his own brother, Boleslav the Cruel. During his seven-year reign in the 10th century, Wenceslas was known for spreading Christianity among his subjects and helping Prague become the center of trade in central Europe.

Wenceslaus martyrdom, and the popularity of several biographies, quickly gave rise to a cult, the Catholic term for a group devoted to someone as a holy person, and a reputation for heroic goodness, resulting in his being elevated to Sainthood, posthumously declared king, and seen as the patron saint of the Czech state.

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