It’s that time of year again. Vinobraní, the annual Czech wine festival, where you can enjoy singing and dancing, food and wine is in full swing. A semi-fermented young wine called burčák is always one of the big attractions. Last weekend a wine festival was held in Mikulov and today festivals kicked off in Znojmo and the Prague districts of Vinohrady and Žižkov. Here are some pictures I took at the popular festival on Náměstí Míru in Vinohrady.
Today is Hromnice, which is an important day for Czech weather-related folklore. It falls on the same day as Groundhog Day because both are based on the same ancient Celtic tradition. Today was sunny and clear in Prague, so we expect winter to linger.
See our site for more on Hromnice:
Czech Film Four Suns Premieres at Sundance
The Czech film Fours Suns (Čtyři slunce) directed by Bohdan Sláma has its world premiere today at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The movie stars Aňa Geislerová, Jaroslav Plesl, Marek Šácha, Karel Roden, Klára Melíšková and Jiří Mádl. It opens in the Czech Republic on March 8.
There is a good description of the film on the Sundance Film Festival website.
The official trailer is below.
The 2011 Prague Christmas Markets Are Open
The two largest Christmas markets in Prague opened over the weekend. The markets at Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) and Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) were crowded over lunch time on Sunday. There were a lot of people buying gifts and enjoying the food selection, including bramboráčky (potato pancakes), klobásy (sausages) and trdelník (cooked dough with cinnamon and sugar).