Independence and Unity Day

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AKA NameDan Neodvisnosti in Enotnosti
HashtagsCompiled on#Slovenia
Related Hashtags#Ljubljana
2022 Date26 December 2022
2023 Date26 December 2023
Independence and Unity Day

Independence and Unity Day History

Slovenian Independence and Unity Day commemorates the official proclamation of the referendum's results. On 23 December 1990, Slovenians voted a referendum to decide whether or not to break away from Yugoslavia. On 26 December 1990, the results of the referendum were made public and 88.5% of voters voted in favour of independence.

Slovenian Independence and Unity Day is celebrated annually on 26 December. Independence and Unity Day has been observed as a public holiday in Slovenia since 2005.

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Independence and Unity Day Facts & Quotes

  • 93.2% of Slovenians voted in the referendum and a total of 95% of those who voted, voted in favour of independence.
  • The results of the referendum paved the way for Slovenia's government to adopt the Basic Constitutional Charter on the Sovereignty and Independence of the Republic of Slovenia on 25 June 1991.
  • Slovenia became a member of the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro as its currency in 2007.
  • The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came into existence during World War II. It comprised what are today Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. It also included the autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina.
  • Slovenians gradually gained their independence, both politically and as a nation, over the past few centuries in highly complex and often turbulent, even military circumstances... It turned out that we could no longer play a subordinate role in the context of a broader state, particularly when that state’s government was authoritarian and as such alienated from the vital interests of the Slovenian nation.- Prime Minister Miro Cerar in 2015

Independence and Unity Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Watch the live broadcast of the Central National Ceremony. There will be official speeches by the President, poetry readings and musical performances.
  • Indulge in a traditional Slovenian feast with your friends and family. Include typical dishes such as potica, struklji, idrija zlikrofi, prekmurska gibanica and bosman.
  • Celebrate Boxing Day and St Stephens Day with your family and friends. Wear your white, blue and red clothes to match the Slovenian flag.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media by posting pictures of you and your friends or family with the hashtags #Slovenian, #SlovenianIndependence and #IndependenceandUnity.
  • Watch a documentary that explains and analyses the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Some of our favourites include: The Death of Yugoslavia, The Weight of Chains and Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War.

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