28th October – Why the Public Holiday?

Being in Erasmus doesn’t really mean that you need to “study” or go to classes, but , why is everyone at home on this day?

28th of October is a Public Holiday since 91 years ago when Czechoslovakia granted independence from the Austria-Hungary Empire, marking the beginning of independent Czechoslovak state.

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On this day each year, the president of the republic makes a speech in the tv and together with eminent state officers, places bunches of flowers on the grave of the first president and the leader of foreign revolt at the time of the World War I, Tomáš G. Masaryk, at the castle in Lány, and also at the monument in Vítkov.

If you notice a lot of Czech flags outside in the street’s and public transports like trams, you now know it’s a Public Holiday :-)

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