The work week is over! Our neighborhood is quiet, people are gone enjoying a four-day weekend. July 5th and 6th are public holidays in the Czech Republic and they fall on Thursday and Friday this year. How perfect! Now what are these holidays all about?
July 5th is the Day of Slavic Missionaries Cyril and Methodius. These two Byzantine Greek brothers brought Christianity to the Great Moravian Empire in the year 863. They also created the lithurgical Slavonic language and alphabet called hlaholice (the Glagolitic alphabet). They translated the Bible and contributed to the spread of Christianity and the Old Slavonic Language (staroslověnština) throughout Great Moravia.
Read more about the Great Moravian Empire on My Czech Republic
July 6th is the anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus (John Huss), the Czech religious reformer who was burned at the stake in 1415. His death sparked the Hussite wars of the 15th century.
Read more about John Huss and the Hussite era on My Czech Republic