Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Today we honor Alexandr. Happy name day, Alexandr!
The name Alexandr is the Czech form of Alexander, which is of Greek origin and means "man's defender, warrior". The name is from the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros and was probably coined originally as a title of the goddess Hera, consort of Zeus.
Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) conquered and ruled the greater part of the known world before his death at the age of 33. History describes him as a man of high physical courage, impulsive energy, and fervid imagination.
The name Alexander was also a royal name in Scotland.
A very special shout out goes to my Alexander (you know who you are!)
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Today we honor Dorota. Happy name day, Dorota!
The name Dorota is the Czech, Polish and Slovak form of Dorothea and it's the feminine form of the Late Greek name Δωροθεος (Dorotheos), which meant "gift of God".
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Today we honor Matěj. Happy name day, Matěj!
The name Matěj is of Hebrew origin and is used mainly in Czech and Slavic. Matej is a pet form of Matthew, which is of English origin and means "Gift of God".
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Today we honor Ljuba. Happy name day, Ljuba!
The name Ljuba is mostly used in the Slavic language and is derived from Slavonic origins. Its meaning is "person who loves peace".
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
So I'm watching the Westminster Kennel Club 136th Annual Dog Show yesterday and I take notice of a new breed for 2012...the Cesky Terrier (Český teriér) - and what a charming breed it is! The winner of the Cesky Terrier group is this guy:
Ch Zlatapraha Brubeck
Congrats Zlatepraha Brubeck!
Ch Zlatapraha Brubeck
Breed: Cesky Terrier
AKC: RN 21109301
Date of Birth: August 06, 2003
Breeder: Wendy Craig
Sire: Ch Alchemy Milenka's Bohemian
Dam: Ch Zlata Kvitko
Owner: Wendy Craig & Marc Joliat
Photos: Breed judging
You can view the Cesky Terrier group judging here: Westminster Kennel Club Cesky Terrier
Info about the breed:
The Cesky Terrier was developed to be a well-muscled, short legged and well-pigmented hunting terrier that could be worked in packs. The Cesky Terrier has natural drop ears and a natural tail. The Cesky is longer than it is tall and has a topline that rises slightly higher over the loin and rump. It sports a soft, long, silky coat in shades of gray from Charcoal to Platinum. The correct coat is clipped to emphasize a slim impression. The hallmarks of the breed should be unique unto itself with a lean body and graceful movement. They are reserved towards strangers, loyal to their owners, but ever keen and alert during the hunt.
Today we honor Jiřina. Happy name day, Jiřina!
The name Jiřina is of Czech origin and the feminine form of Jiři (Czech form of George)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Valentine's Day wasn't always celebrated in the Czech Republic. Before 1989, Valentine's Day was non-existent in then Czechoslovakia. Even a mere decade ago it wasn't as popular as it is today, but alas, times have changed, and now you see signs of Valentine's Day everywhere you go. Some Czechs still see it as a commercial holiday, used to urge people to spend more money, but others have embraced its spirit. It's hard not to finally accept Valentine's Day when businesses have been pushing it to boost their revenue, but don't think that makes the Czechs unromantic...
Sorry, didn't mean to go off on a tangent, but it just sounds so romantic! So, back to May 1st...there's another tradition associated with A Day for Lovers, and that is to meet at the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha. Why? Mácha was a Czech romantic poet, and today he stands on Petřín Hill. Couples who kiss in front of his statue believe that their love will be as strong as the stone his statue is made from.
Karel Hynek Mácha is best known for his lyrical epic poem, Máj (which is about May 1st and speaks of the tragic love of two young people). Máj is "regarded as the classic work of Czech Romanticism, and is considered one of the best Czech poems ever written." It's quite beautiful and you can read the translated version of it here
Today we honor Valentýn...appropriately so since today is also Valentine's Day. Happy name day, Valentýn!
The name Valentýn is of Polish origin and a variant of Valentine, which is of Latin origin, meaning "strong, healthy".
Yesterday we honored Věnceslav. Happy belated name day, Věnceslav!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Today we honor Božena. Happy name day, Božena!
The name Božena is of Czech origin and means "happy".
One of my favorite Czech novels was written by a Božena...Božena Němcová. She wrote Babička in 1855...it's the story about a young girl named Barunka and her childhood with her grandmother in the countryside. The book was inspired by Němcová's own childhood in the village of Ratibořice, where she lived with her parents, siblings, and maternal grandmother.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Today we honor Mojmír. Happy name day, Mojmír!
The name Mojmír is of Czech origin and means "My Peace". Mojmír is a special name to me because my grandfather's older brother's name is Mojmír. He has since passed, but will be forever in our hearts. Here's to you, Mojmír, we love you!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Today we honor Apolena. Happy name day, Apolena!
The name Apolena is a variant of Apollonia, which is of Greek origin and the feminine form of Apollonios. Apollonios is from an ancient name that was derived from the name of the Greek god, Apollo. Apollo was the Greek god of sunlight, music and poetry. Saint Apollonia was an elderly 3rd-century Christian martyr. In art, she is often portrayed with a pair of tongs and an outsized molar.
According to legend, her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled out or shattered. For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Today we honor Vanda. Happy name day, Vanda!
The name Vanda is of Czech and Italian origin and is a variation of the name Wanda, which is of Slavic origin and means "the tribe of the vandals". The Vandals (or Wendlas) were an ancient Slavonic tribe whose destructive behavior led to the modern term "vandalism".