News

Praha Celebrates 167th Annual 'Pražská Pout'

Praha Celebrates 167th Annual 'Pražská Pout'

Thousands descended on the tiny village of Praha on Monday, Aug. 15, for the 167th annual Pražská Pout at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The day celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The yearly observance was truly of feast brimming with food, music, and fun. It also serves as a homecoming for the many people of Czech descent whose ancestors came through Praha. During the full day of devotion, fried chicken and stew, dancing, games, and friendship thousands of celebrants enjoyed the relatively nice weather to celebrate their friendships and relations.

All Roads Lead to Praha
All Roads Lead to Praha
All Roads Lead to Praha
All Roads Lead to Praha
All Roads Lead to Praha
All Roads Lead to Praha

All Roads Lead to Praha

All Roads Lead to Praha: This tiny village in Fayette County is one of the state's oldest Czech communities. Not a lot of people live in Praha today, but as the size of the cemetery shows, a whole lot of people have roots there. Folks have been dancing in Praha since the mid-1800s. Here's a short history of the dance venues in Praha:

Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15
Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15
Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15
Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15

Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15

Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15: In 1897, Central Texas Czechs organized Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas (SPJST), a fraternal society that promoted social activities and insurance benefits for its members. SPJST Members from Cameron, Marak and Buckholts established Lodge No. 15 in October 1907. The official name of the Lodge was Svornost Jihu, which translates as "Southern Unity," though that name has been seldom used. Josep Slovacek and other members drew plans and built the first meeting hall, dedicated on this site on July 4, 1911, but destroyed by a 1915 storm. Temple Architect Josef Tudlacka designed the next building (pictured above), which thieves set on fire in March 1936 to distract citizens while they attempted to rob the bank.

Pages