Happy St. Wenceslas Day!
I suspect that most people who had the option went to their chalupa (country cottage) and were grilling sausages, drinking beer, enjoying the fruits of their summer gardens, and basking in the beautiful weather we've had the past few days. The Czechs certainly know how to relax. (And I hope they won't get too much into flag waving in the foreseeable future.)
*St. Wenceslas, known in Czech as svatý Václav, is one of the patron saints of the country. He was killed by his brother Boleslav in the tenth century CE, supposedly on 28 September 929 (or 935). Legend has it that he will return one day to defend the Czech lands when they are faced with their gravest threat. So far there have been a lot of grave threats—the Habsburgs and Austro-Hungarian domination, WWII, Communism, etc.—but unfortunately (or is it fortunately) since St. W. has not yet returned, we can assume that the gravest threat is yet to come.
See also: Dog Eat Blog discusses Wenceslas;
prague-pictures.cz featured the statue on Wenceslas square;
Solnitchka pictures David Černý's inversion of the Wenceslas statue in the Lucerna building;
ABC Prague posts a list of Wenceslas-related events in Prague.
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