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About New Year´s Eve

The New Year is welcomed on all Prague´s squares and streets in the centre.

New Year´s fireworks - will be fired from Letná Parks on 1st January 2017 at 18:00.

Best points of view:
bridges (Legií, Čechův, Mánesův, Charles Bridge)
»embankments (Smetanovo and Dvořákovo)
»Petřín Hill
»Letná Parks
»Riegrovy sady Park
»Vítkov Hill

31st December, the last day of the year, is the St Silvester day in the Czech Republic. Silvester, priest who survived persecution of Christians under the Emperor Diocletian, became Pope in the year 311. According to legend, he christened Emperor Diocletian and his wife St Helen. He died in 335. He was one of the first venerated saints whose cult spread throughout Europe. Once his feast did not combine with any celebrations or customs. New Year's Eve night gained in importance only when the Gregorian calendar has stabilized in most Christian countries in the 16th century and the beginning of the New Year has stabilized on 1 January. People attended church, were giving thanks for good last year and praying for good new one. Merriment and customs of pagan times were not supported by the Church though.

Only the development of economy and science in the 19th century, which heralded the arrival of the "New Golden Age," gave New Year's Eve more importance. The society grew rich and in anticipation of an even better new year was celebrating even more opulently and cheerfully, with plenty of food and drinks. In particular, the years of transition from one century to another in 1899 and 1900 and then 1999 and 2000 meant the most tumultuous celebrations of New Year. Spectacular fun and show, rich feasts and increasingly costly and magnificent fireworks were organized in the streets, in restaurants and households. Only recently the variety of delicacies were replaced by decorated open sandwiches, garnished dishes and various salty and sweet snacks. The quantity of alcohol consumed rose as well. From the 19th century the midnight champagne toast with best wishes for the coming year has become customary.