Winter Carnival and Feasts
Mask parade (Masopust) is a traditional carnival that takes place in many Slavic countries, including the Czech Republic. Festivals are organized in many villages and cities. The date is not fix. Typically it is between the Three Kings Day and Ash Wednesday, forty-six days before Easter Monday. In the past, it was the „last chance“ to eat fill and have fun at the balls, as the Ash Wednesday also means the start of the forty days fast.
Masopust is a feast of the great food. On the market, you can taste typical Czech delicacies. Sausages, grilled pork, white or black pudding or something sweet. Traditional Czech pies are delicious, doesn´t matter if they are with the poppy, curd cheese, plummy butter or nuts. All are fantastic. The local ball finishes the day. The whole village meets together there.
Czech masopust is so famous and traditional that the most popular ones around the Hlinsko city are thereby landing on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If you want to see it, you must visit villages Vesely Kopec, Hamry, Vitanov, Studnice, Blatno and Vortova, 100 km from Prague in the East Bohemia (Vysocina Region). This year we visited masopust at the Sychrov castle, 80 kilometers from Prague in the North Bohemia region. The carnival takes place on the beautiful premises of the castle Sychrov park. The atmosphere here was unforgettable.