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Carnival Festivities in the Olomouc Region

Traditional Czech carnival feast and its pig-slaughter specialties are coming to the Olomouc Region, and its visitors have something truly unique to look forward to!

Source: https://www.dacice.cz/mesto/kalendar-akci/masopustni-pruvod-mestem-1255_351cs2279.html

The carnival in Czech lands is traditionally celebrated in between the two big fasts of Christmas and Lent. First written references about carnivals in Bohemia and Moravia can be traced to the 13th century, although the tradition itself is considered even older. It has always been a time rich on dances, weddings, and zabijačky (pig-slaughter - a rural tradition when the family, friends and neighbours come to the same place, slaughter a pig, and spend time collectively making use of every bit of the animal for various food products; it is often connected with festive work as it involves eating the ready products and drinking of alcohol in tight 'friends and family' circle during the work, and having a party afterwards). The carnival is traditionally connected with oily and fatty meals, together with koblihy (Czech doughnuts). It is said that people should eat as much during the carnival as to last for the whole year. Another major carnival tradition is a procession in masks.

All this and more is waiting for the visitors of Olomouc on Saturday 16th February. The event taking place at the Olomouc main square will begin at 9am, and last until 4pm. The visitors can look forward to the carnival procession, musical performances of local folk ensembles, acrobats and jugglers, drinks, pig-slaughter specialties and other traditional carnival products. Another opportunity to enjoy carnival festivities will be available on Saturday 2nd March in the towns of Prostějov and Velká Bystřice, or in the Hanakian Open-Air Museum in Příkazy.

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