Slovak National Uprising Day

Slovakia National Holiday in Slovakia

Slovak National Uprising Anniversary is apublic holiday on 29 August
View of Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica via Wikimedia Commons.

When is Slovak National Uprising Day?

How long until Slovak National Uprising anniversary ?
This holiday next takes place in 131 Days.
Dates of Slovak National Uprising anniversary
Year Weekday Date
2020 Saturday August 29th
2019 Thursday August 29th
2018 Wednesday August 29th
2017 Tuesday August 29th
2016 Monday August 29th
1 Day
Local name
Výročie Slovenského národného povstania
Commemorates 29 August 1944, which was the start of an uprising against the pro-Nazi government of the time

Slovak National Uprising Anniversary (Slovak: Výročie Slovenského národného povstania) is always celebrated on 29 August.

This public holiday commemorates 29 August 1944, which marked the start of an uprising against the pro-Nazi government of the time.

History of Slovak National Uprising Day

In 1938, the Munich agreement established the independent Slovak state, led by Jozef Tiso. In June 1944 Tiso declared martial law allowing the German army to occupy the country on 29 August.

Up to that point, there had been limited and sporadic guerilla resistance operations across Slovakia. To counteract the planned occupation, a formal military plan was put in action by the exiled Czechoslovak government, Slovak partisans and deserters from the Slovak army. Headquartered in central Slovakia, the forces of the uprising consisted of several armoured units as well as part of the Slovak Air Force.

Despite some limited support from the allies, the uprising was crushed by the German forces before the end of October 1944. After the defeat, the remaining forces of the uprising continued with small guerilla actions until the end of the war.

How is Slovak National Uprising Day celebrated?

This day was chosen in 2003 to be a national holiday for Slovakia as it represents a time when all Slovaks came together against an oppressive dictatorship.

However, some see this antifascist celebration as having a strong communist aspect and it isn't celebrated by all Slovaks.

On 29 August each year, wreaths are placed on a memorial to the Slovak National Uprising in Bratislava.

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