I'm back with an anticipated post. A lot of bloggers post about proms and sometimes I do as well (even though in a very lame way), but as many of you know, this year has been special for me because this year it was me who had the chance to shine at my own prom!
Apart from my own, I have been only to four other proms. I always plan an promise to visit many of them, but then I'm lazy/I have to study (because some of these are on working days!) or I have some other excuse for not going. Some of them were good, some were worse, some of them I don't remember. Because in case you didn't get it yet, the purpose of this very formal and unique event is to get incredibly drunk.
But let's get to the main topic of this post: my prom. I will post some pictures and, if you are from a foreign country, I will try to explain how Czech proms work.
A prom in the Czech Republic is a formal (well, in the terms of etiquette more of a semi-formal) dance event which is organized by graduating students and is kind of a climax of their studies because after your prom is over, you realize that the only thing left for you in the high school is the graduation itself. It's open to the general public, because the students pay everything themselves and they naturally want to get their money back by selling as many tickets as possible. So basically, you can go to a prom even if you don't go to the same school or if you don't know any of the graduates.
Here, all students are divided to classes within the school and each single class has their own prom. There is a lot of money and hard work behind the organization of the event because there are many things you have to have prepared. Every student has to be involved.
The programs of each prom may vary depending on the school and the city and the students, but the general scheme is always the same.
It's not a rule, but most of the proms are made in some theme. As you may know from the previous post, our theme was Hunger Games. In our city, all the proms start at 7 PM and end at 2 AM, the graduates however have to be there more or less all day to prepare everything, including themselves.
A peek into the dressroom. Graduating girls usually wear evening gowns and the girls-visitors wear cocktail dress. That is one of the possibilities how to recognize a graduate from the visitor. Some of the girls also have their hair and makeup done by professionals. I had my hair done by my hairdresser but I did my makeup myself.
The first thing on the program is usually předtančení, a dance performance to start the evening, which may be performed by the graduates themselves or someone they hired. We had samba!
What follows is nástup, which is basically a promenade in which the graduates first reveal themselves to the public. It's usually very elegant and beautiful, especially girls enjoy it because they can present their dresses.
This usually ends with the students standing in two lines with a red carpet between them. At this moment we also had our video played (full video at the end of the post). Then the principal of the school and some teachers come and starts the main event of the evening, šerpování. Each students name is called, he walks over the red carpet towards the teachers who give him a sash, a glass and usually a flower as well.
When the students walk on the red carpet, there is a tradition that the public throws coins and confetti at them.
After that, some thank-you and farewell speeches are delivered, the students have a toast and then collect the coins on the floor. You should keep your coins in the glass until you graduate and then spend them on alcohol for your after-graduation party. It brings bad luck if you spend them earlier!
After that, the program is free, people dance, drink and talk like on any other dance. During that time, some more performances may occur to entertain the guests, depending on how much the graduates were willing to spend on this. We had bartender show. They were really good!
The free program lasts until midnight. At 12 PM, the graduates perform půlnoční překvapení, which translates literally as "midnight surprise" and it's - well, already very drunk graduates performing whatever they think is funny to entertain the guests and start the real party, for after midnight, the formal dance ends and starts the disco.
\Here are some of the less embarassing pictures from the surprise
After that, there is a disco until 2 AM. When the prom ends, the graduates and remaining guests move to some club for afterparty where they party until they drop.
That's all about the prom! Here are some more pictures from the evening.
Me and my sister
I don't even know what is this
And here is the promised full length grad video! Watch me get killed!
That's all for today guys! Congratulations if you have read the whole post.
Would you enjoy such event? How was your prom? How do proms look like in your country/city? Tell me in comments below!