UNESCO Shrovetides - Veselý Kopec and the surroundings
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The village Shrovetide parades and masks in the Hlinsko were added to the UNESCO list. Their uniqueness lies mainly in the observance of this custom unchanged over several generations.
Each mask has its specific function. Inhabitants of the municipality prepare traditional refreshments (jelly-filled donuts, hog-killing etc.). Once the parade is ended with the ritual slaughter of a mare, the dancing beginnings. Visitors can see original typical maps of the Hlinsko, photographs from parades and UNESCO documents in the new permanent Exhibition of Shrovetide Masks and marches from the Hlinsko, which is found in the Bethlehem conservation area in Hlinsko.
Shrovetide is a period which begins after the Epiphany (6 January) and ends before Ash Wednesday on Shrovetide Tuesday, thus six weeks before Easter. Traditional parades, which are included in the UNESCO list, are held annually in the villages of Studnice, Hlinsko-Blatno, Hamry, Vortová and Veselý Kopec.