Navalis 2010 001PMA 3806 ArchiveNavalis festivities commemorate Saint John of Nepomuk, a famous Christian martyr and a patron saint of the province of Bohemia. The celebrated Czech martyr is renowned as the patron saint of rivers and bridges as well as the protector against floods and natural disasters. One of the best-known statues of St. John of Nepomuk is located on the Charles bridge and dates back to the 17th century. These baroque celebrations, whose origins can be traced back to the first half of the 17th century, have been hugely well attended by the local community and pilgrims from all around the country. Navalis take place every year on the 15th of May, the day before the feast day of Saint John of Nepomuk.  

Linked to the original baroque tradition, contemporary celebrations include a ceremonial holy mass in St. Vitus cathedral, a procession, a baroque water concert with fireworks on the Vltava river, close to the Charles bridge.  Every year there are numerous special events, such as a folklore festival,  a regatta of historical and dragon boats, markets, lectures and exhibitions. Venetian gondoliers regularly take part in the event and amaze visitors with their captivating songs. Find more information and the program of celebrations in “What´s on in Prague”.