Czech Folklore

Czech folklore is the folk tradition, which has developed among the Czech people over a number of centuries. Performers always wear traditional Czech costumes and use authentic Czech folk musical instruments. This lively group of talented musicians, singers, and dancers work together in perfect harmony to not only entertain your group, but rather make them part of the act.

Czech folklore was influenced by a mix of Christian and pagan customs. Nowadays it is preserved and kept alive by various folklore ensembles uniting members of all ages, from children to seniors, showing their talent during competitions, folklore festivals or other performances.

The Czech Republic is divided into a number of ethnographic regions. Each of them has special folklore traditions, songs or costumes and specializes in different crafts. As a result, Czech folklore provides a diverse source of entertainment.

Undoubtedly the most internationally famous dance is Bohemian polka. Polka is a dance that became popular across Europe in the 19th century and spread across the world. Perhaps the most famous example is Škoda lásky (“Wasted Love”) from 1927, world-known under the name Beer Barrel Polka. Czechs had a highly influential role in the development of Mexican cultural music. In the 1800s immigrants from Moravia were settling in the gulf coast area of Texas; many of them brought along polkas and waltzes which began to become popular with the Mexican people who lived among them.

Bohemian traditional music is most innovative in Chodsko, where bagpipes are common. Moravian traditional music is best known for the cimbalom, which is played in ensembles that also include double bass, clarinet and violins. The traditional music of the regions of Moravia displays foreign influences, especially in Valachia which is tinged by Romanian and Ukrainian legacy and has close cultural relations with Slovakia and Lachia (the borderland of northern Moravia and Czech Silesia).

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