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Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1920s

A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation). Sokol was founded on the philosophy that a physically fit, mentally alert and culturally developed people can make a nation strong. The word " sokol" translates to falcon and is symbolic of the Sokol ideals: Courage, Strength, Endurance, Fraternalism, Love of democratic principles, and Pride in country. Miroslav Tyrs (1832 -1884) (depicted in the centre) was a key exponent of this approach and is duly being honoured by the ranks of passing Sokol participants. Tyrs believed that a nation must be physically fit, morally on a high plane and intelligent in order to secure independence and retain it. Elevated to Doctor of Philosophy at Charles University and a member of the Education Staff of Riegers Encyclopedia, Tyrs formulated his Sokol plan, creating an entirely new gymnastic terminology. The next twenty years of his life were devoted to Sokol. He was the first Physical Director, editor of the Sokol paper and creator of calisthenics and exercises, placing the whole system on a firm scientific basis. Between the First and Second World Wars the organisation grew to have a million members. The Sokol programmes were organised to have mass appeal across all strata of Czech society and across all age grous."

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Athletic Bare Calisthenics Caps Chested Courage Cultural Czech Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakian Demonstration Endurance Exercise Exercising Feathered Fraternalism Gymnastic Handing Health Healthy Mass Nationalism Participation Patriotic Patriotism Prague Pride Propaganda Rally Shaking Sokol Strength Vsesokolsky


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This photograph captures the spirit of the Sokol Rally in Prague during the 1920s, an event that promoted public exercise as a means to foster national pride and self-importance. The Sokol movement, which translates to 'falcon,' symbolized the ideals of courage, strength, endurance, fraternalism, love of democratic principles, and pride in country. At the heart of the rally is Miroslav Tyrs (1832-1884), a key proponent of this approach, who is being honored by the passing ranks of Sokol participants. Tyrs, an educated man with a Doctorate in Philosophy from Charles University and a member of the Education Staff of Riegers Encyclopedia, believed that a nation must be physically fit, morally upright, and intelligent to secure independence and maintain it. He dedicated the latter part of his life to the Sokol movement, serving as its first Physical Director, editing its paper, and creating calisthenics and exercises, establishing the system on a firm scientific basis. The Sokol programmes appealed to all segments of Czech society and all age groups, and between the First and Second World Wars, the organization grew to have a million members. The photograph offers a glimpse into the past, showcasing the dedication and unity of the Czech people in their pursuit of physical and mental well-being, as well as their commitment to their nation's strength and independence.

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