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April 30 - Witches’ Night

The pagan Slavs that lived in these parts long, long ago used to make an effigy of the Goddess Morana - who was in charge of death, winter, and other bleak things - around this time of the year. They then burned the effigy and threw it into a river or another body of water in order to symbolically do away with winter so that the spring could come. After the advent of Christianity, it was more appropriate to burn witches than pagan goddesses, and gradually the date for doing so was fixed at April 30. Discouraged under the communists, "Carodejnice" (Witch) night celebrations have, since the Velvet Revolution, become a popular excuse to go out, have fun, and get drunk. There are a number of such celebrations to choose from each year in different parks and night spots.


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