Mr Macek, a presidential adviser and former deputy PM who is also a dentist, broke off an address to slap Mr Rath hard on the back of the head.
Mr Rath responded by calling him a coward and the two men traded blows.
This rare case of violence in Czech politics comes two weeks before highly anticipated parliamentary elections.
The meeting of dentists, at which Mr Macek was moderator, took place at the start of a period of planned protest against Mr Rath’s policies, dubbed "A Week of Healthcare Unrest".
But, says BBC Prague correspondent Rob Cameron, no-one had envisaged the unrest going quite this far.
Mr Macek took the stage to begin the discussion.
But before he did so, he explained to the audience there was a private matter he had to settle with Mr Rath first.
He walked up behind him and slapped him, hard, on the back of the head.
The audience watched in amazement as a stunned Mr Rath rose and made to leave.
But then the health minister turned on his heels, walked up to Mr Macek and called him a coward.
Mr Macek responded by hitting him again, and the two men began throwing punches.
Mr Macek explained he slapped Mr Rath because he made comments about his wife.
But this incident between two senior politicians comes less than two weeks before parliamentary elections.
Beginning verses, translation by Edith Pargeter
Late evening, on the first of May –
The twilit May – the time of love.
Meltingly called the turtle-dove,
Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.
Whispered of love the mosses trail,
The flowering tree as sweetly lied,
The rose’s fragrant sigh replied
To love-songs of the nightingale.
In shadowy woods the burnished lake
Darkly complained a secret pain,
By circling shores embraced again;
And heaven’s clear sun leaned down to take
A road astray in azure deeps,
Like burning tears the lover weeps.
The complete poem and its English translation are available at www.lupomesky.cz/maj/may.html
My brother got married and here are some of his photos which took my sister.
I was so sad I couldn’t be there but I was talking to him the second day after wedding. He got drank and he was sick afterwoods but Lenka, his wife now, was sleeping so she didn’t mind that. :))) So where is the first night? ;)
They did the preparation just for two months because they didn’t want to be stressed about it for long time but at the end when the ceremony started they were. You can do whatever you want but it is big day in your life and the stress just come out. :)))
here is how is usually the wedding in Czech republic. I already wrote that in entry about my sister’s wedding I just added some more things:
We don’t have any showers and rehearsals, usually the couples didn’t get engaged either. They just get married and the girl doesn’t have the engagement ring with the diamond. Just one ring from the wedding. :)
The bride doesn’t have to buy her dress she rents it in a wedding rental agency. Anyway you wear it only once so why to keep it?
The couple meet before the Church. Usually the groom goes to pick up the bride at her house. Sometimes the bride hides and the groom has to find her. :) Then they go together to the Church.
At the celebration we do few traditional things:
The first is to crush a plate on the floor and the groom had to sweep it with the broom and the bride is holding a dustpan. This means they should share the housework together.
The second tradition is eating a soup together from one plate and their necks are tie together with table cloth and they feed each other. That means they should take care of each other.
The third is to kidnap the bride. Usually friends do that and hide her at some other restaurant and the groom has to find her and pay for the drinks. :)
The fourth is that a friend (usually a man) changed to a woman and brings a baby (a dolly) with him and telling the groom that it is his baby and he is married with another girl. The point of this comedy is to collect money for the baby from the wedding quest so the woman will leave. Of course all the money will go for the married couple. :)
There is more traditions. I will put some more when I remember. :)
The wedding is usually whole day. You have launch (which is dinner, the main meal in my country) and then supper. If you don’t have enough money to invite all your friends for whole wedding, then they just come in the afternoon for the supper which is usually buffet. The people don’t mind and they aren’t insulted. Usually beer and wine is free, all other you have to pay. That is all in short description. :)
my brother didn’t do it in the traditional way. They had just the broken plate and friends kiddnaped the bride. The food was all as a buffet and people were walking and eating when they wanted it.