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Jan Hus Day

Jan Hus Day 2019 and 2020

Jan Hus Day takes place every year on 6 July in the Czech Republic to acknowledge the life and death of this important 14th century figure.

Year Date Day Holiday
2019 6 Jul Sat Jan Hus Day
2020 6 Jul Mon Jan Hus Day

Jan Hus was a philosopher and priest who hailed from what is now the Czech Republic. He was born in 1369 and was burned at the stake for heresy in the summer of 1415. He was executed due to his disagreements regarding various Roman Catholic church doctrines. Hus made a significant impact during his lifetime as a religious reformer. That’s why he has a holiday dedicated to him.

While this holiday isn’t known for major events or traditions, there are some Jan Hus Day celebrations in locations around the nation. “HusFest” is the name of one specific Czech festival that’s centred around Hus. This yearly event in his hometown of Husinec includes numerous types of performances and activities.

Some people in the Czech Republic see Jan Hus Day as a time to be charitable. One tradition involves gathering food and giving it to the homeless residents of major cities such as Prague.