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Slovakian Parliament Approves October 28 Holiday

Source: Ministerstvo zahranicných vecí Slovenskej republiky (Bratislava)
Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 31, 2020

The Slovakian parliament has voted 2 amendments to the law on national holidays, non-working days and memorial days, making October 28 an annual state holiday in Slovakia, beginning in 2021.

Last year (2019-10-28), Slovak President, Zuzana Caputova, had called for October 28 to be declared a new annual non-working public holiday in Slovakia ("This is worth considering, and it’s a legitimate consideration. Without this date, we would probably not have formed an independent state formation today, so it’s one of the most important days to remember and perhaps commemorate in this way").

The preceding year (2018-09-12 and 2018-05-25) Slovak MPs unanimously approved a proposal by the government of Slovakia for a one-off non-working public holiday on October 30, 2018, to celebrate the centenary of Slovakia's independence ("100. výročie prijatia Deklarácie slovenského národa"), thus amending the annual official list of 2018 Slovakian bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Slovakia for the calendar year 2018, as released the previous year by Slovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2017-07-26).

However, today's amendments to the Slovak law on national holidays, non-working days and memorial days only makes October 28 a commemorative day, and not a non-working public holiday, as had been suggested by Slovak President, Zuzana Caputova.

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