On Wednesday, September 28, the Czech Republic celebrates Czech National Day. The national holiday is one of the days when shops have legally restricted opening hours.
The 2016 law on sales hours imposes a ban on retail stores with a sales area of more than 200 m2. These shops will be closed on Wednesday, except for selected shops at railway stations or airports, petrol stations, and pharmacies.
People should therefore make their purchases in advance on Tuesday.
The law on sales hours still confuses many people because the ban does not cover some holidays.
What do we commemorate on September 28?
Czech Statehood Day refers to the death of Saint Wenceslas, one of the first Premyslids.
The prince, who lived at the beginning of the 10th century, was instrumental in Christianising the early Czech state. Although his reign was relatively short, his aura of protector and patron of the country enveloped him after his martyrdom.