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Easter in Praha


Once the Passover festivities were finished in Prague, Easter was right around the corner. For those of you that do not already know this, the Czech Republic is a country without a dominant religion. Thanks to the Nazi occupation and later the communist rule, which lasted for about 5 decades, most Czech people tend not be very religious, and many are atheist. That is not to say, however, that they do not enjoy celebrating these holidays, especially for the benefit of us tacky tourists.

Every year in the center of Prague, in Old Town Square, there is a glorious Easter festival you cannot miss. Beautiful strings of red, blue, yellow, purple, pink and green are covering almost every red hut’s rooftop, and there are lavishly decorated giant Easter eggs on top of the souvenir shops.

Easter treats in Old Town

Tons of tourists are seen during this time of year, which is why they call it tourist season. Unlike many other countries, like Italy and Spain, Prague doesn’t have tourists until the spring and summer months. Due to the colder climate, Czech people are lucky enough to have a period of time when people from all over the world come to see this great city, hence the creation of the Easter Festival in Old Town.

As you enter the festival, you smell the delicious foods and spot the candy right away, and your insides are urging you to buy and consume just about everything. The first thing I noticed upon entering the festival was of course the Trdelnik. It is a hot doughy pastry covered in cinnamon sugar and shaved walnuts that will literally make your mouth water. Aside from Trdelnik, which is Slovak and originated when the Czech Republic was Czechoslovakia back in the day, tons of breaded pastries and Easter decorated cookies are available for a small price.

My favorite part was definitely the chocolate covered fruit kebabs and the shaved and fried potato chips. You can also buy candied nuts, fudge, cookies and sour candies… I’m telling you, do not go out to lunch before you come to the Easter Festival.

I haven’t even mentioned the real food yet! In the small red huts nearby all of the delicious sweets, you can smell and feel the steam from the BBQ.  Here you can get grilled sausages, gyros, and chicken kebabs that are delicious and extremely filling.

While you’re eating your kebabs, trdelnik and chocolate fruit, the best thing to do at the Easter festival is buy a hot wine or Pilsner (beer), stuff your face, and grab a table so that you can people-watch. The festival definitely brings a wide variety of interesting people from all over the world and it’s worth observing while you let the upbeat live music fill your ears. Dress warm and bring LOTS of korunas for souvenirs, Enjoy!

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