The social processes caused by political development in Czechoslovakia after the World War II brought plenty of new initiatives in lives of individuals and smaller and bigger social groups. On the example of the Zahori region, the author tries to point out the pervasion of elements based on the ethno-cultural tradition of the region with cultural innovations. The analysis of functions, content and form in selected phenomena as well as the monitoring of their lifetime in the course of the second half of the 20th century bring interesting knowledge in the role the selected phenomena played in local community. The traditional events based on annual cycle of habits and customs can include the Shrovetide 'obchuzka' (going round the village) (so-called bear leading) that was maintained in its living form for the entire 20th century. The ceremonial parade of 'kralovnicky' (little girls) or the so-called Zahori right have changed to the occasional or scenic forms. On the contrary, the so-called pre-Christmas parties enriched by the ideologically misapplied figure of Deda Mraz in the 1950s and 1960s, or the lampion parades organized on the occasion of liberation celebrations or the Great October Socialist Revolution ranked among innovations.
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