Brno, July 5 (CTK) – A total of 1,230 town halls hoisted the Moravian flag to honour the arrival of Byzantine missionaries Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius to spread the Gospel to Great Moravia in 863 AD Tuesday, Lenka Holanova, deputy chairwoman of the Moravian National Association, has said online.
This year, the event is held for the 7th time.
Compared to last year, the event was joined by 100 town halls more.
In all Moravia, there are about 1,900 municipalities.
Holanova said most of them had joined the event. When it was held for the first time, 75 town halls participated in it.
“With the symbolic act, we express respect to our homeland, its traditions, history and distinctive culture,” Holanova said.
“The town halls that have hoisted the flag have decided to remind their citizens of the traditional values, Moravian identity and patriotism,” she added.
“Thanks to them, Moravia and its cultural heritage are still alive in the hearts of the population,” she added.
Cyril and Methodius translated biblical and liturgical texts into the Slav language and devised Glagolithic, a Slav alphabet arising from the Greek. It eventually became the Cyrillic and was used by the Slavs who were part of the Eastern Church.
In the 19th century Catholic priests used the Cyril-Methodius tradition to spread national revival in Moravia.