Independence Day celebrations low-key

Celebrations of Czechoslovak Independence Day are low-key this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

The traditional award-giving ceremony at Prague Castle has been cancelled as has the ceremony at Vitkov Hill at which the country’s top officials, war veterans and church dignitaries lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The country’s top officials and political leaders are visiting Vitkov Hill individually to lay wreaths and flowers at the memorial.

Prague Castle will release a list of those who have been awarded high state distinctions on the occasion of the public holiday and President Miloš Zeman will address the nation on national television.

Planned cultural events have had to go online and Czech Television is featuring a series of special programs to mark the 102  anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s founding.