Masopust
Masopust is the traditional Czech carnival celebration. The word “masopust” comes from the Old Czech and means “meat fast”. People wear masks, dress up in costumes, celebrate the start of spring, fertility and give farewell to winter. Masopust is a moveable feast day and the last chance to feast before Easter Lent, the 40 weekdays and six Sundays preceding Easter. A ceremonial processions of human and animal costumed characters such as devils, cow herders, farmers, goats, sheep, dogs, pigs go from house to house, where they receive food and drink. Masopust celebrations in Prague include mask parades, dancing in the streets, singing, noise making, feasting and drinking. A vigorous Mardi Gras celebrations take place in Žižkov, in Jiřího z Poděbrad square. The biggest carnival event is the festival Carnevale Praha (the Prague Carnival), which is held in downtown Prague. To see dates, times, venues, locations, and the programme of carnival celebrations, explore “what´s on” section.