NAVALIS 2024 - Saint Johns of Nepomuk Celebrations

Saint John´s Celebrations Navalis 2024
14.05.– 15.05. 2024

The 16th year of renewed festivities under the Charles Bridge in Prague with a three-hundred-year tradition!

Program – Tuesday, May 14, 2024
14.00-18.00 Venetian afternoon (beach at Hergetova Cihelna)

Program – Wednesday, May 15, 2024
14.30 Horse decoration (Hradčanské square)
16.30 Blessing of horses and riders (Hradčanské square)
17.30 Solemn Holy Mass in the St. Vitus Cathedral 
19.00 St. John's procession to the Charles Bridge
19.45 Vela al Terzo Regatta of Venetian boats, voyage of hardy people, jump of parachutists (Charles Bridge)
20.00 Devotion in front of the church of St. Františka (Křižovnické nám.)
20.30 Concert on the surface of the Vltava under the Charles Bridge

Navalis 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”.

Find more information and the programme at www.navalis.cz