Jan Hus Day

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AKA NameUpálení mistra Jana Husa
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2023 Date6 July 2023
2024 Date6 July 2024
Jan Hus Day (CZE)

Jan Hus Day (CZE) History

Jan Hus Day commemorates the martyrdom of Jan Hus. Jan Hus was a Czech priest, religious reformer and university professor who is best known for his advocacy of church reforms during the early 15th century. Over the years, Jan Hus amassed many followers by conducting his church services in Czech, not Latin. However, he was eventually detained for his teachings and tried by the Catholic Church. He was found guilty and burned at the stake on 6 July 1415.

Jan Hus Day is celebrated annually on 6 July in memory of his death. His death spiked the Hussite wars, in which his followers fought against the Roman Catholic Church.

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Jan Hus Day Facts & Quotes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media using hashtags #JanHusDay, #ReligiousPeace and #MartyrJohnHuss.
  • Attend the official HusFest. The annual festival is complete with music concerts, parades, street theatre and souvenir shopping.
  • 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.

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