Pastors of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren will be able to officially bless same-sex unions if they wish to do so, the spokesman for the church Jiří Hofman said in a press release. The synod approved the decision at a three-day conference in Prague. The church leadership concluded that although there is not full agreement within the church on this matter the clergy should have the right to make their own decision. The Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren is the second church in Czechia to allow the blessing of same-sex couples, after the Old Catholic Church.
A total of 10 people died in traffic accidents in Czechia on Saturday and Sunday, making it the most tragic weekend on Czech roads so far this year.
On Saturday, five people were killed in car-related accidents and the same number of people died on the roads on Sunday.
A total of 36 people have died in road accidents so far this May, which is still lower than in the same period last year.
Less than a third of the population is satisfied with the way democracy is working in Czechia and only 18 percent of Czechs believe that politicians listen to the opinions of ordinary people, suggests a survey carried out by Ipsos agency in cooperation with the Central European Digital Media Observatory.
According to the survey, some 31 percent of Czechs are satisfied with the functioning of democracy in the country, while 42 percent thought democracy wasn’t functioning well. The remaining 27 percent of respondents said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.
Monday will be mostly sunny with day temperatures ranging between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.
The Czech weather office has extended a fire warning to most parts of Czechia, with the exception of south and north-east Bohemia, in reaction to especially dry conditions in the coming days.
In line with the warning, people should refrain from building campfires, smoking or heating meals on portable cookers out in the open.
According to the weekly weather forecast, daytime temperatures during next week will be hovering around 25 degrees Celsius, with no rain until next weekend.
Traditional Ride of Kings took place in the south-east Moravian village of Vlčnov on Sunday, launching the reign of the newly elected boy-king, 13-year-old Filip Šobáň.
The centuries old tradition, which is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage list, refers to the flight of Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus from Czech King George of Poděbrady in the 15th century.
It involves a festive ride through the village with a boy portraying the monarch dressed in a traditional women’s folk costume to conceal his identity.
Czech Education Minister Mikuláš Bek, who is representing Czechia at the Sudeten German Congress in Regensburg, has called for work on peace.
Mr. Bek, who greeted the assembly as dear compatriots, said that after experiencing hatred, pain and even blood, we now had to work for peace.
After Daniel Herman and Pavel Bělobrádek, Mr. Bek is the third acting member of the Czech government to attend the congress.
The head of the Sudeten Germans, Bernd Posselt, described Bek's speech as historic and apologised on behalf of the Sudeten Germans for their contribution to the rise of national socialism.
A 1950 painting called Then, Later by the Czech surrealist artist Toyen sold at auction in Prague on Sunday for CZK 37.44 million. It is the highest price paid for a painting from Toyen’s post-war period.
Another artwork by Toyen, Emptiness, Silence from 1940, sold for CZK 18.48 million. The most expensive painting by Toyen is Circus, which was auctioned in 2021 for CZK 79.56 million.
The 25th edition of the Khamoro festival of Romany culture gets underway in Prague on Sunday. The annual event, offering concerts, workshops, film screenings and seminars, will start with a theatre performance at the capital’s Výstaviště.
Khamoro, named after the Romany word for sunshine, will run at venues around the city until June 3. It will culminate with a procession by Roma musicians, singers and dancers through the Old Town and Wenceslas Square.
Czechia’s Lukáš Krpálek, the reigning Olympic champion in the men’s heavyweight, over 100 kg category, has won his fourth Grand Prix gold at the Grand Prix judo competition in Linz.
The victory comes only two weeks after he won silver at the World Championship in Doha, where he competed in the lower weight category.
The two-time Olympic champion, who is 32 years old, is the most successful judoka in the country’s history.
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