Red-letter Day of the Month

We present some of the most important holidays in the countries of the project.

Published Dec. 14, 2010 1:07 PM

This was an official holiday from 1918 until the beginning of the Second World War.  

Published Dec. 7, 2010 4:15 PM

This Macedonian public holiday commemorates the day in 1893 when the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) was established.  

Published Dec. 3, 2010 10:32 AM

Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Day (Sviatok Sedembolestnej Panny Márie) is a non-working holiday in Slovakia celebrated on 15 September.  It is a Catholic holiday devoted to the Virgin Mary in her incarnation as Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, Patron of Slovakia

Published Nov. 25, 2010 11:52 AM

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day on 17 November is one of the most significant red-letter days in the Czech Republic. It belongs among the “symbolic centers” of Czech collective memory.  

Published Nov. 25, 2010 10:55 AM

This holiday is the celebration of the military action “Storm” that took place on 5 August 1995. On that day Croatian Army took over a self-proclaimed Serb entity in Croatia.

Published Aug. 31, 2010 3:58 PM

 Montenegrin Statehood Day commemorates 13 July 1878, when the Berlin Congress recognized Montenegro as an independent state. On this same date in 1941, the people of Montenegro began the uprising against the Germans.


Published Aug. 24, 2010 3:23 PM

Slovenians celebrate their national statehood day on 25 June.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 3:13 PM

1 May is widely celebrated throughout the world as International Workers´ Day.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 3:02 PM

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are celebrated on the Sunday after Jewish Passover.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 1:36 PM

St. Clement of Ohrid was born ca. 840 in what is today Macedonia, and was a disciple of the famous SS. Cyril and Methodius.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 12:23 PM

The Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina has no common national day, and the 25 November is a contested day.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 12:16 PM

Since 1992, Slovenia has been celebrating Reformation Day (Dan reformacije) on 31 October. Although Slovenians are predominantly Roman Catholic, the Reformation contributed profoundly to the cultural development of the country.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 12:07 PM

The day when the Red Army entered Bulgaria in 1944 and the Communist Party grabbed power came to be celebrated as the national holiday during Communist rule.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 12:02 PM

Celebrated on 29 August, this anniversary marks the beginning of the Slovak National Uprising in 1944.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:55 AM

The Saints Cyril and Methodius were Byzantine Greek brothers born in Thessalonica in the 9th century

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:53 AM

The Republic of Croatia celebrates Statehood Day (Dan državnosti) every year on June 25 to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:51 AM

Constitution Day (Święto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja) in Poland marks the Constitution of the Third of May, which is universally hailed as one of the proudest achievements in Polish history.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:43 AM

In Slovenia, The Liberation Front was established in Ljubljana on 26 April 1941 in the house of writer and literary critic Josip Vidmar, only two weeks after Slovenia was occupied by Nazi Germany and ten days after the Yugoslav authorities surrendered in Belgrade.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:28 AM

Baba Marta, or Granny March, is in Bulgarian folklore tradition an old lady who chases out winter and brings on spring

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:22 AM

The Slovenian Cultural Holiday, known unofficially as Prešeren Day is a national holiday marking the anniversary of the death of the poet France Prešeren on 8 February, 1849.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:16 AM

Epiphany (from Greek, “to manifest” or “to show”) is a Christian celebration of the manifestation of God in human form realized through Christ.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:07 AM

This red-letter day entered the realm of history with the violent break-up of “the second” Yugoslavia in the early nineties.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:04 AM

Somewhat puzzling, the Czechoslovakian day of independence is still celebrated in the Czech Republic – unlike in Slovakia – some 16 years after the demise of Czechoslovakia.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 11:00 AM

This religious-cum-political red-letter day recieved its status as national holiday as recent as 2000. However, St. Wenceslas has long occupied an important place in the self-consciousness of the Czech people.

Published Aug. 24, 2010 10:57 AM

As a religious holiday, this day celebrates the prophet Elijah, who according to the Bible went to heaven on a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:11).