Monday, April 25, 2011

Radio Prague Today 4.25.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Easter Special

Radio Prague's special Easter programme focuses on the music of Czech composer and conductor Jaroslav Krček, who has arranged and recorded a number of traditional folk songs pertaining to this time of year as well as a number of his own compositions, which draw heavily on Czech Easter traditions for their inspiration.

Age-old Easter traditions alive and well in Hlinsko

For many Czechs, Easter goes much further beyond the Christian tradition of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The popular pomlázka, or whipping of women with braided willow sticks, is just one of the customs that have survived around the country from before the arrival of Christianity. Today, they form part of original Czech folklore with roots that go back many centuries.