Reformation Day in Slovenia in 2019

Reformation Day in Slovenia in 2019
  How long until Reformation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 38 days.
  Dates of Reformation Day in Slovenia
2021 Slovenia Sun, Oct 31 National Holiday
2020 Slovenia Sat, Oct 31 National Holiday
2019 Slovenia Thu, Oct 31 National Holiday
2018 Slovenia Wed, Oct 31 National Holiday
2017 Slovenia Tue, Oct 31 National Holiday
Commemorates the day in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 'these' to the door of the church in Wittenburg
  Local name
dan reformacije
  Reformation Day in other countries
Reformation Day internationally

Reformation Day in Slovenia

Reformation Day has been a civic holiday in Slovenia since 1992. Despite Slovenia being a predominantly Roman Catholic country, the reformation is celebrated as the protestant movement is seen as a key event in the cultural history of Slovenia, particularly in the areas of political reform and literature.

When is Reformation Day?

This public holiday is always celebrated on 31st October, except in Chile when it may be moved to a Friday depending on which day of the week it falls on.

History of Reformation Day

Reformation Day commemorates the day in 1517 when a German monk named Martin Luther (1483-1546) strode up to the church in Wittenburg and nailed his 95 'theses' (or propositions) to the church door.

Luther's intention when posting his theses was to highlight the practice of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church. Indulgences were pardons from sin that could be bought, meaning that those who were rich enough could buy forgiveness for all manner of sins.

Luther had hoped that pinning his protestations would spark wider debate and harden public opinion against the practice.

However, so many people agreed with his ideas that they quickly spread across western Europe, helped by the recent invention of the printing press, leading to the religious revolt known as the Reformation.

The reformation led many Christians to break off from the Roman Catholic Church and establish new, independent churches of their own, such as the Lutheran Church.

Reformation Day was first celebrated in the Germanic region in the seventeenth century and between 1949 and 1967, Reformation Day was a national holiday in East Germany.

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