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Prague: May Day is for lovers

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Photo to wit, The Czech Communist Party has scheduled a meeting near the Krizik Fountain—but May Day in the Czech Republic is also the Day of Lovers. Take that, St. Valentine’s Day!

What’s in store for lovers in Prague today? For the ladies, it’s essential that they be kissed under a blossoming cherry tree. As you might expect in one of the least religious countries in Europe, this pagan tradition has more to do with encouraging fertility in the coming year than anything else.

On the plus side for the ladies, getting kissed under a tree sure beats that other quasi-religious Czech tradition, namely, getting whacked with a stick on Easter Monday.

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