Easter Markets starting in Prague

The markets will focus on Czech culture and folk traditions

The three main Easter Markets in Prague will open Saturday, March 17, at Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and náměstí Republiky. They will run until Monday, April 8. Easter itself falls on April 1.

The markets this year will draw on the motifs of the waking spring and feature new decorations, refreshments, and a daily cultural program. Vendors will offer typical spring and Easter goods, including hand-decorated eggs and braided Easter whips.

“The market is focusing on the Czech traditional Easter, which extends to the products sold at the market. There are regulations from Prague 1 about what is allowed to be sold — for example, Prague magnets are not allowed. Even if they would sell well, they have nothing to do with Czech Easter traditions,” Karen Hartley from the market organizer Taiko said.

In Old Town Square there will be a podium for events and lighting in the evenings. There will be approximately 100 stands in Old Town Square.

The opening day by coincidence is St Patrick’s Day, and the program at Old Town Square for 6 pm to 9:30 pm will have Irish dancing and music.

“We have made completely new and original decorations. Market guests can also expect new practical developments such as wooden bistro tables with evening lighting to better enjoy refreshments. The cultural program has also been significantly expanded,” Libor Votruba, chairman of Taiko's board of directors, said.

All three squares will be connected by the same motifs and use natural materials such as wood, wicker, flowers or leaves. Themes will be young animals such as birds, chickens or rabbits.

At Old Town Square there will be a big observation bridge with a distinctive thematic decoration — a big basket with with typical Czech lace.

There will be a traditional decorated birch with a giant wreath with colorful ribbons that will create a symbolic roof. Under the tree there will be a children's spring garden.

A diverse cultural program will feature dozens of professional and amateur musicians and dance ensembles and folklore groups from different corners of the Czech Republic and abroad. Visitors can also learn about folk customs. There will be an area for children's creative workshops and for evening presentations.

The space around the Easter birch will come alive. “Visitors want to participate actively in music and dance programs. They like to try folklore dances, singing, or different skills. People can hear old folk instruments such as the vozembouch, famfrnoch and Czech bagpipe,” market program manager Libuše Klinková said.

Sales stalls with gift items and decorations will be open every day from 10 am to 10 pm, and some refreshment stalls will be open until midnight. The program on the podium and around the birch will take place every day from 10 am to 9 pm.

The total cost to set up and operate the markets, including decorations, is Kč 100 million.

For more information visit www.trhypraha.cz.

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