Discussion in 'Culture' started by dzurisova, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Is there Halloween in Czech Republic? [​IMG]
  2. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    I believe this was allready discussed in older topics. Czechs haven't Halloween, we celebrate dušičky (day of souls), when we are going to graves of our deceased family members and friends, where we light candles.

  3. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    This does not look like (typical) czech graveyard. This one does:


    or see two pictures in the middle of this site (both pictures are schindler's-list-look-like black&white&red)
  4. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    There are tries to introduce Halloween into Czechia. 8)
  5. fabik317

    fabik317 Well-Known Member

    Helloween is overrated, Megadeth all the way! \m/
  6. scrimshaw

    scrimshaw Well-Known Member

    To jsou krásné hřbitovy.
    Those are beautiful cemetaries.

    Dušicky is much more meaningful than the stupid Halloween tradition.
    I don't think you want Halloween to catch on there.
    It would be much better if we adopted your tradition.
  7. maxicek

    maxicek Member

    Halloween-type celebrations are definitely catching on...towns look at it as an excuse to do a Carodejnice-type thing in October (in addition to April)...bonfire at the football field, costume contest, roasting burty, etc. etc.. but there's no trick-or-treating though...

    In Prague, Bohemia Bagel does a mini-trick or treating/haunted house thing - the owner brings over candy from the US, so it's fun for the little ones. And of course there's a whole slew of adult Halloween parties...

    Dusicky is Nov 1, so it's really just traditional celebrations of All Hallow's and All Saints...
  8. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    I quite agree with you and while I don't want to turn this into a language thread, why have you used To (jsou krásné hřbitovy) I thought To was it ie singular. But then pronouns are a closed book to me; when we try to get our teacher to teach them to us, she says they're very complicated and we'd get confused!
  9. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    In Czech could be "to" often used for addresing subjects of all genders and forms. I actually cannot explain corresponding language mechanics, but I can offer examples:

    To je ale krásná holčička.
    Je to tvůj bratr?
    To jsem se lekl.
    To jsou moji rodiče.
    To je vaše aktovka?
    To je pohroma!
  10. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member

    I agree and disagree - Dušicky seems to be a nice tradition and it would be good to see it observed here but I really like Halloween - all the costumes, the silliness, I guess I'm just a big kid at heart. :)

    This was at a Halloween party in Prague two years ago

  11. Troll

    Troll Well-Known Member

    Not correct.

    November 1st: All Saints' (Hallows') Day - Svátek všech svatých (all = known and unknown, i.e. known only to God)
    November 2nd: Commemoration of all the Faithfull Departed - Památka zesnulých (who have not yet been purified and reached heaven)

    Dušičky (colloq.) = Památka zesnulých (Nov 2)
  12. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    If that's seriously you, Glenn, perhaps I'd better revise my view on your lager lout potential?!

  13. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member

    Oh, that's me alright - but I was stone cold sober at the time (it was early, though) :lol:
  14. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    I don't think this beautiful tradition of remembering the deceased compares to Halloween. Halloween is just a fun time to dress up all crazy and get candy. :) There is nothing real meaningful and beautiful about it. There is some history where one would not consider Halloween just a fun time. In the past it was morbid and is still a high holiday to some Satan worshipers. But for most of us, there is no meaning or seriousness, just fun and games and candy!

    My step-daughter compared Halloween to a Czech holiday where the devil and an angel comes to your door and asks if the child is bad or good. If the child is bad, the devil gives him coal or may even tell him he's going to get him and take him away. If the child is good, the angel gives him candy. I don't remember the name of this holiday or when it is.
  15. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    It's Mikuláš - Saint Nicholas day - Mikulas is main person and angel and devil (cert) are only his sidekicks ;)
  16. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Devil gives him something useful, like coal or potatoes, some important commodity.
    And Angel gives him candy - ephemeral useless thing which destroy his teeth.

    ;) ;)
  17. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    It’s the 6th December, resp the eve of the 6th December.

    And eso is right, the main person is St. Nicholas who, in fact, is American Santa Claus. The angel(s) or devil(s) could be even absent.

    I think the Shrovetide carnevals or Walpurgis Night are more similar to American Halloween.
  18. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    I think her comparison was based on the fact that in Mikuláš the child get's candy or coal -- "trick or treat" what kids say when trick or treating which means give us a treat or we will trick you (do something bad to you).

    In many towns, if a house is not handing out treats, the house may get a trick such as toilet papering (kids sneak in at night and throw rolls of toilet paper in your trees.) or soap on you car windows, etc.

  19. scrimshaw

    scrimshaw Well-Known Member

    That is funny Eso. You see it as just the opposite of the intended meaning.

    The devil gives out something useful, coal or a potatoe
    the angel gives out something harmful to the teeth

    Interesting interpretation. :lol:
  20. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    Speaking as one, who tried to introduce Halloween to his Czech friends, I'll say that it was a lot of fun trying to teach Czechs the art of bobbing for apples.

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