Celebrating Czech Statehood Day: How Store Hours are Affected on September 28

Czech Statehood Day, celebrated on September 28, is a national holiday in the Czech Republic. On this day, the country commemorates the death of Saint Wenceslas, one of the Přemyslid dynasty’s first rulers and the Czech lands’ patron saint.

As part of the regulations outlined in the 2016 Trading Hours Act, retail stores with a sales area exceeding 200 square meters must close on Czech Statehood Day. However, there are exceptions for selected stores located at train stations, airports, petrol stations, and pharmacies.

People should plan their shopping to accommodate the restricted store hours, preferably on the day before the holiday. It is worth noting that the Trading Hours Act does not apply to all holidays, and there are specific dates when the sales ban is lifted.

Here is a list of holidays when the sales ban is enforced and holidays when it is not:

Sales Ban Enforced

  • January 1: Restoration of Czech Independence and New Year
  • Easter Monday
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • May 8: Victory in Europe Day
  • September 28: Czech Statehood Day
  • October 28: Establishment of Czechoslovakia
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: St. Stephen’s Day

Sales Ban Not Enforced

  • Good Friday (movable holiday)
  • July 5: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
  • July 6: Jan Hus Day
  • November 17: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
  • December 24: Christmas Eve (sales permitted until noon)
  • December 26: Second Christmas Day

Czech Statehood Day holds great significance in the country’s history, as it pays tribute to Saint Wenceslas and symbolizes the Christianization of early Czech statehood. Despite his relatively short reign, Saint Wenceslas is revered as a protector and patron of the Czech lands, leaving a lasting legacy.

Whether you plan to celebrate Czech Statehood Day or take advantage of the day off, be aware of its effect on store hours and make any necessary arrangements ahead of time. Enjoy the holiday and embrace its historical and cultural importance for the Czech Republic.