Czech holidays for 2019

The year has only three long weekends and 10 extra days off

The Czech Republic does not move holidays that fall on the weekend to the next Monday, so every year is a roll of the dice in terms of extra days off.

In 2019, three of the 13 state holidays fall on weekends, leaving 10 days off. Four fall on Mondays of Fridays to create three- or four-day weekends, but that includes Good Friday and Easter Monday, for there are just two other long weekends. The remaining six are in the middle of the work week.

The year starts with Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State, otherwise known as New Year’s Day. Jan. 1 falls on a Tuesday.

There is a significant gap until Good Friday and Easter Monday, which makes a four day weekend from April 19 to 22. While not an official holiday or a day off, Masopust, the Czech version of Mardi Gras, falls on Tuesday, March 5, which is relatively late. The dates of Masopust, marking the day before the start of Lent, and Easter are linked, They also change every year.

Labor day on May 1 and Liberation Day on May 8 both fall on Wednesdays.

The pair of holidays in the summer only results in one day off. Saints Cyril and Methodius Day falls on Friday. July 5, while Jan Hus Day falls on Saturday, July 6.

The next holiday is also a miss. St Wenceslas Day also called Czech Statehood Day falls on Saturday, Sept. 28.

There is better luck with Independent Czechoslovak State Day on Monday, Oct. 28, producing a three-day weekend.

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day on Nov. 17 fails to deliver, falling on a Sunday. That is extremely disappointing since 2019 marks 30 years since the Velvet Revolution and 80 years since the 1939 student uprising.

The end of the year has the three Christmas holidays in a row, Christmas Eve (Štědrý den) and the first and second days of Christmas (1. svátek vánoční and 2. svátek vánoční).

They fall on a Tuesday through Thursday. Many people are likely to want to take the Monday and Friday off to extend the holiday for a full week.

Large stores with some exceptions are closed on some but not all holidays. Those that require closings are New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, Liberation Day, St Wenceslas Day, Independent Czechoslovak State Day, First Christmas Day and Second Christmas Day. Also, stores close on Christmas Eve at noon.

Holidays in 2019
Jan. 1 – New Year's Day (Tuesday)
April 19 – Good Friday (Friday)
April 22 – Easter (Monday)
May 1 – May Day (Wednesday)
May 8 – Liberation from Fascism (Wednesday)
July 5 – Cyril and Methodius Day (Friday)
July 6 – Jan Hus Day (Saturday)
Sept. 28 – Czech Statehood Day (Saturday)
Oct. 28 – Establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic (Monday)
Nov. 17 – Freedom and Democracy Day (Sunday)
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve (Tuesday)
Dec. 25 – First Christmas Day (Wednesday)
Dec. 26 – Second Christmas Day (Thursday)

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