Establishment of the Slovak Republic

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AKA NameDeň vzniku Slovenskej republiky
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2023 DateJanuary 1, 2023
2024 DateJanuary 1, 2024
Establishment of the Slovak Republic

Establishment of the Slovak Republic History

Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic celebrates the official dissolution of Czechoslovakia. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia amicably split into the Slovak and Czech Republics. Upon the split, both countries established their own parliamentary democracies and Slovakia has adopted new symbols and flag to represent its state. The Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic maintain good ties and their separation is often referred to as the Velvet Divorce.

Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic is celebrated annually on 1 January. The day celebrates Slovakia's independence from the Czech Republic.

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Establishment of the Slovak Republic Facts & Quotes

  • Until the start of WW2, Czechoslovakia remained a democracy. During the war and for the decades that followed, Czechoslovakia would be a communist republic until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
  • The Czechoslovak state came into existence after WWI when it declared its independence from long-time ruler, the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • Slovakia joined the European Union in 2004 and adopted the Euro as its currency in 2009.
  • Unlike its neighbouring Yugoslavia, the dissolution of Czechoslovakia was peaceful.
  • Vision is not enough, it must be combine with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.- Vavlav Havel, last president of Czechoslovakia

Establishment of the Slovak Republic Top Events and Things to Do

  • Take advantage of the long holidays to head into the countryside. Slovaks enjoy spending the day with friends and family gathered together.
  • Indulge in a traditional Slovak feast with your family and friends. Be sure to include typical dishes such as, lokse (potato pancakes), bryndzove halusky (sheep cheese gnocchi) and zemlovka (apple pudding).
  • Generate awareness for the holiday on social media by using hashtags such as #SlovakIndependence, #Slovaks #VelvetDivorce and #Slovakia.
  • Get dressed up for the winter weather and watch the New Years and Independence Day fireworks in Bratislava.
  • Read the book Irreconcilable Differences. The book provides a comprehensive analysis and explanation of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

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