30,000 pilgrims join Velehrad celebration of Czech missionaries

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Velehrad - About 30,000 people took part in the national pilgrimage masses organised today within the 15th Days of Good Will People marking the anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius missionaries in Great Moravia in 863, festival secretary Josef Korenek said.

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Dny lidí dobré vůle a oslavy výročí příchodu věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje pokračovaly na Velehradě na Uherskohradišťsku 5. července slavnostní mší na nádvoří u baziliky Nanebevzetí Panny Marie a sv. Cyrila a Metoděje. ČTK Glück Dalibor

Korenek said pilgrims from Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland also took part in the pilgrimage.

The 5th of July is the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and a national holiday in the Czech Republic.

On Friday, about 100 wheelchair users met in Velehrad, including people from Hungary, and a concert was held in the evening.

Another traditional event is the Velehrad Manuscript project of writing the Bible that started in 2005 and in which 4995 people have participated so far.

Petra Cihalova, from the Velehrad Roman Catholic parish, said more than 80 percent of the manuscript has been already written. She said the hand-written Bible would be finished in five years or even later, however.

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