Prešeren Day in Slovenia in 2025

Prešeren Day in Slovenia in 2025
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Prešeren Day
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2025 Slovenia Sat, Feb 8 National Holiday
2024 Slovenia Thu, Feb 8 National Holiday
2023 Slovenia Wed, Feb 8 National Holiday
2022 Slovenia Tue, Feb 8 National Holiday
2021 Slovenia Mon, Feb 8 National Holiday

Commemorates the death of France Prešeren (1800 - 1849), a Slovene poet who is regarded as the greatest Slovene classical author

  Local name
Prešernov dan, slovenski kulturni praznik

When is Prešeren Day?

This Slovenian public holiday is always celebrated on February 8th.

Also known as Culture Day or the Day of Slovenian Culture, the full title of the holiday is Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday. In Slovenian, it is known as 'Prešernov dan, slovenski kulturni praznik'.

History of Prešeren Day

This holiday commemorates the death of France Prešeren (1800 - 1849), a Slovene poet who is regarded as the greatest Slovene classical author. The day also serves as a time to reflect on all Slovene cultural achievements.

Prešeren was noted for his sonnets and his poem Zdravljica (A Toast) was adopted as Slovenia's national anthem.

During World war II, Slovene artists had been repressed and were forbidden from expressing themselves while Slovenia was occupied. This led to the anniversary of Prešeren's death becoming a focal point for remembering Slovenian culture. After the end of the war, the day was first proclaimed as a cultural holiday in 1945.

It was a public holiday during the era of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia within the SFR Yugoslavia but was declared a work-free holiday only in 1991, the year the country declared independence.

How is Prešeren Day Celebrated?

Prešeren Day is marked with cultural festivals and remembrance services and school excursions to culturally significant institutions. Most public museums and galleries will have free entry today.

As this is a public holiday, many supermarkets and other stores are likely to be closed.

Prešeren Awards

Since 1947, on February 7th each year, the Prešeren Awards have been held. The awards which recognise cultural achievements are announced in mid-January and given to two Prešeren Prize laureates and six winners of the lesser Prešeren Fund Prizes. These are the highest decorations in the field of artistic contribution in Slovenia.

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