After dark, over a roaring file, people would then roast sausages, play musical instruments and sing folk songs.
It is common practice to make a pomlázka (from the word pomladit meaning to make younger), which is a braided whip constructed of pussywillow twigs.
This becomes a sort of competition to see who can build the largest bonfire.
A large ugly doll portrays the witch and is paraded throughout the village.
Traditionally, all children are given a name from the name day calendar and this custom continues into modern times.
This way, each person in the country has the chance to receive a gift on their own name day each year.