Jan Hus Day

Jan Hus Day Quick Facts - EU

AKA NameUpálení mistra Jana Husa
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2024 Date6 July 2024
2025 Date6 July 2025

Jan Hus Day (CZE)

Jan Hus Day is a national holiday in the Czech Republic that commemorates the life, teachings, and martyrdom of a key historical figure – Jan Hus. He was a theologian, philosopher, and an early religious reformer who stood against the moral failings of the Catholic church in the 15th century. This Czech national holiday is celebrated as a day of remembrance for his contributions to the nation's religious and cultural identity, as well as the promotion of equality and social justice.

The significance of Jan Hus Day extends beyond the Czech Republic, as Hus' thoughts and actions played a crucial role in shaping the religious landscape of Europe in the years to come. Born in 1369, Hus was influenced by the teachings of John Wycliffe, an English theologian, and called for reforms within the church. His defiance eventually led to his excommunication and execution in 1415. In the context of the European Union, Jan Hus Day serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up for one's beliefs, and it highlights the rich and intertwined religious and cultural history shared among European nations.

Though primarily observed in the Czech Republic, communities of Czech expatriates across the European Union may hold events and gatherings to commemorate Jan Hus Day. These gatherings typically involve sharing traditional Czech cuisine, music, and discussions on the life and legacy of Jan Hus. The holiday takes place on the 6th of July each year, marking the anniversary of Hus' death at the stake in 1415.

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Top facts about Jan Hus Day

  • Jan Hus' proclaimed that a man would rise up in 100 years and that his teachings would not be suppressed. Martin Luther rose nearly a century later to do this.
  • Hus was heavily influenced by the writings of John Wycliffe. He was eventually accused of being a Wycliffite before he was burned at the stake.
  • It is said that pages from a banned bible were used to fuel the fire that burned Jan Hus on the stake.
  • In the mid 15th century, Hus' followers, known as Hussites, defeated papal crusades against the Roman Catholics.
  • Seek the truth, listen to the truth, teach the truth, abide by the truth, and defend the truth until death. - Jan Hus

Jan Hus Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Spread awareness for the day on social media using hashtags #JanHusDay, #ReligiousPeace and #MartyrJohnHuss.
  • Join in on the Jan Hus Day tradition of distributing food to Prague's homeless. Either donate for the distribution or volunteer to help the food circulate to those who need it.
  • Read a book about Jan Huss to better understand the role that he played in religious movements in the Czech territory. Some of our favourites are: Jon Huss: His Life Teachings and Death after 500 years, Life and Times of John Huss and Crusade Against Heretics in Bohemia.
  • Make a comparison chart between protestant and catholic branches of Christianity. This will further help you understand the cause of the uprisings and the beliefs that Jan Hus held.
  • Attend the official HUSHfest. The annual festival is complete with music concerts, parades, street theatre and souvenir shopping.

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