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The Easter holidays "Velikonoce" is a welcome to spring, opportunity for a family to meet at dinner or to visit one of many cultural events. Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM) date for the year.
Many traditions are still observed and practiced, especially in villages, and different regions may have their own Easter traditions and customs. Even today most of the households are cleaned more scrupulously than in other times of the year, women buy for themselves as well as for their closest relations a new piece of clothing "not to get soiled by a lamb".
Czech easter symbols
All over the country and especially in the capital city, there are many beautifully decorated churches. Religious sermons relating to the days of the Passion are held in churches during the Holy Week (the week before Easter): "Flower" Sunday (Christ enters Jerusalem), "Green" Thursday (Jesus is praying on a green meadow), Good Friday (Jesus is sentenced to death and crucified), "White" Saturday (Jesus' body is removed from the cross and laid into a tomb), Easter Sunday (celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection).
During Easter there are many concerts of classical music especially in Prague.
Shops are open as usualy, easter eggs and gifts can be bought at the fairs that take place in the town's squares. The Staromestske namesti (Old Town Square) and Vaclavske namesti in Prague.