Weekend headlines: Czech Republic welcomes first Advent Sunday of 2022

Culture Czech Republic welcomes the Advent season 2022

Today is the first Advent Sunday of the year 2022, the traditional start date of the Christmas season. In Christian custom, it marks the beginning of the spiritual preparation for Christmas; These days, it is associated with the opening of Christmas markets, lighting of trees and beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Czech tradition calls for lighting one candle on an Advent wreath on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day; The first light honors the prophets who predicted the birth of Jesus Christ. The Advent wreath tradition dates back to 19th century Germany, where it was created by Johann Hinrich Wichern, founder of the Home Mission movement.

Christmas Guests stranded on Ferris wheel in Brno Christmas market

Brno’s Christmas market on Moravské náměstí got off to a shaky start this weekend as guests were left stranded on its centerpiece Ferris wheel. According to iDnes.cz, the Ferris wheel stopped operation as the market was closed on schedule, but the attendant of the attraction forgot that there are still riders on board.

People who were stuck on the Ferris wheel called local police, who arrived at the Christmas market a few minutes before 10:00 “A woman called us and said that she had been up on the Ferris wheel for an unusually long time, for about a quarter of an hour, and that it is dark down at the control cabin,” said police spokesman Pavel Šváb. The attendant was found by the police and guests returned to the ground about ten minutes after their arrival.

Sport Czech snowboard champion wins first medal after year-long recovery

Czech snowboarder Eva Adamczyková (formerly Samková) won her first medal of the year at the FIS Pitzal Women’s Snowboard Cross, finishing third yesterday in Austria. Adamczyková previously won a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and a bronze at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Last year, Adamczyková suffered a gruesome injury at the World Cup in Montafon, where she broke both legs and missed the 2022 Olympics. Adamczyková told reporters after her third-place finish yesterday that she plans to compete at the World Cup in Montafon again next month.

protest Hundreds demonstrate against the Czech government in Prague

Hundreds of people participated in a demonstration against the current Czech government, which took place on Saturday afternoon on Prague’s Letna Square, according to police estimates. The protesters demanded more efforts to reduce the inflation rate, and lower food prices in the Czech Republic.

“We are here to give our assessment of [Czech Prime Minister Petr] Fiola and his government regarding some specific things,” said Vladimir Stefan, part of the group that organized the demonstration, during a speech. Stefan demanded the resignation of the current Czech government along with board members of the Czech Makes company ČEZ.

Crime Three dead bodies discovered by bike path in Prague’s outskirts

Prague police detectives are investigating the death of three people found near a bike path between the neighborhoods of Čakovice and Letňany on the outskirts of the Czech capital, police spokesman Richard Hrdina told reporters on Saturday. According to Hrdina, the case could be a double murder and suicide.

“One of the first theories is that it could be a double homicide and then a suicide,” Hrdina said. “Detectives are now investigating what happened at the scene, and they have ordered an autopsy on the bodies.” Hrdina declined to disclose the ages or genders of the victims.

Saturday, November 27, 2022

Culture Christmas markets open across the Czech Republic

Christmas markets across the Czech Republic are opening this weekend, many for the first time since 2019 after being canceled due to coronavirus-related restrictions in force in 2020 and 2021. The Christmas market in Prague’s Old Town Square will be officially inaugurated today with a tree lighting ceremony from 4:00 p.m.; It will be light daily until midnight until the first week in January.

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Squares in Brno and Liberec were both full yesterday when Christmas markets opened with their own tree lighting ceremonies. “What people previously took for granted is more valued today, at least I feel so,” Liberec Mayor Jaroslav Zámečnik told ČTK, referring to the closure of Christmas markets in the past two years.

Science Czech-operated telescope goes into operation in Chile

A telescope modernized by a Czech company and remotely controlled by astronomers from the Czech Academy of Sciences went into operation at the La Silla Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert, reports Novinky.cz. The telescope, part of the Platospec project, will be used to monitor planets outside our solar system.

“This is a modernized remote-controlled telescope that has a spectrograph to discover exoplanets [and other astronomical objects]Czech astronomer Petr Kabath, who leads the PATOSpec project, told Novinky. The E152 telescope used for the project was previously operated by the European Southern Observatory and has not been in operation for the past 20 years.

Politics Nine candidates now in the running for Czech President

The number of candidates running for Czech President in a January 2023 election has been reduced from 21 to nine after registration by the Czech Interior Ministry on Friday. The ministry officially registered candidates who received more than 50,000 signatures, rejecting candidates who did not meet the requirement.

The nine candidates are the same number who ran in the previous Czech presidential election in 2018. This year they include former prime minister Andriy Babis, retired general Petr Pavel, economist and teacher Danuše Nerudová, senators Pavel Fischer and Mark Hilscher, MP Jaroslav Bašta, union leader Joseph Stredula, former Charles University rector Tomasz Zima, and lawyer Denisa Rohanov.

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Entertainment Czech ski season officially beings in Krkonoše mountains

The Czech Republic’s 2022-23 skiing season is officially underway as of this weekend as the Černá Hora Resort in the Krkonoše Mountains opened the first slope of the season. The Černá Hora Resort, with a peak 1,250 meters above sea level, is typically the first to open in the Czech Republic; Last year, it started its ski season on December 3.

A ski pass at the Černá Hora Resort runs 390 crowns (350 crowns if purchased online) and includes rides up the slope in a cable car from Janské Lázně. The ski resort in Špindlerův Mlýn, the largest in the Czech Republic, is tentatively scheduled to open from December 10.

Post Czech Post guarantees Christmas delivery for packages sent by December 21

Czech Post will guarantee the Christmas delivery of packages sent by post no later than December 21, spokesperson Matyáš Vitík told local media on Friday. If postal carriers cannot reach a recipient by December 23, they will be able to collect the package at a local post office until 11:00 on the morning of December 24.

New this year, Czech Post has introduced the “Balikobox”, a 24-hour pickup point where recipients can pick up their packages without the help of a postal employee (similar to pickup boxes run by Alza and other local companies). Czech Post plans to have 200 balíkoboxes in operation by the end of this year.

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