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212 “Folklore Festivals” Czech Republic

Every year, Straznice hosts one of the oldest and most popular folklore festivals in Europe. In this festival, the Czech people celebrate many aspects of their intangible culture. There is lots of traditional dancing, including a special dance called Verbunk, which young men would perform as a form of conscription protest. In Cesky Krumlov, everyone travels to another time in a 3-day Renaissance town festival called the Five-Petalled Rose Celebration. The participants become noble ladies and gentlemen, knights, jugglers, musicians, actors, burghers, merchants, and craftsmen… all whom come from the great period of the Renaissance. The myriad of activities include historic town processions, knight tournaments, theatre performances, musical concerts, and medieval street feasts.