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