Curiosities, traditions and legends of Prague
Prague's double house numbers
Most buildings have a double civic number: those on a blue background indicate the location of the building along the way and are arranged in sequential order, with numbers equal to one side of the road and odd on the other; The numbers on the red background indicate the location of the building in the neighborhood on the basis of the old house numbering system, so usually the number has no relation to those of neighboring buildings.
The many Prague's legends
Hromnice's day, Czech party
Hromnice's day (pronounced HROM-nyi-tseh) is an important day for Czech folklore linked to weather. It always falls on February 2, the same day that the famous Day Groundhog is celebrated in the United States. Both events are based on the same ancient Celtic tradition. The Czech word Hromnice comes from the "hromnice" sanctified candles lit the night of February 2 if there was a thunderstorm (thunder = hrom).
According to tradition, groundhog comes out of his hole after his winter sleep on February 2nd and if he sees his shadow (ie if the sun is sunny), he will return to his hole and be ready for another six weeks in winter. If the day is cloudy, it will remain above the ground, waiting for the spring. There are dozens of other Czech Hromnice stories that provide the same thing, many of us remind us that although we are thinking about spring, winter is not over and can not even reach its peak.
Below are some examples of Czech Hromnice with the predictions of the length of winter:
- If the sun shines on Hromnice, there will be another six weeks in winter.
- If Hromnice's day is bright and clear, winter is sure to continue for a long time. If there is snow, rain or thunder, spring is near.
- If the snow melts on Hromnice's day, add more wood to the fire; If the snow is frozen, winter is finally over.
- If it rains on the day of Hromnice, let's wait for the snow in the spring.
- If snowing on Hromnice's day, wait for the rain in the spring.