HAPPY JAN HUS DAY!
July 6th marks Jan Hus Day in the Czech Republic and around the world if you are of Czech heritage!
We celebrate today as Jan Hus Day, in recognition of his death.
Jan Hus was born in 1370 and was murdered by the Church on July 6, 1415.
Unfortunately Jan Hus met an untimely death as you can read here. He was burned at the stake, but his influence continues far beyond that.
One of the key concerns of Jan Hus was that he was vehemently against the practice of selling indulgences by the Catholic Church. The more he endorsed free thought in religion, the more he became an enemy of the Church and finally was condemned to death, after being promised safe passage.
While not a day that is much noted any longer in the States, just take a look at this portion of an article from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio From July 6, 1891 (found via GenealogyBank.com). Over 10,000 Bohemian-Americans celebrated Jan Hus with a huge parade. As the paper states “one of the most largely attended festivals every held in this city”.
The article explains that my great grandfather, Joseph K. Vicha was the Grand Marshall of these festivities that day.
So have a good Jan Hus Day …. recall this amazing man who cared about the common men and women and loved Bohemia and God with all his heart.
Onward To Our Past,