Day Of Uprising Against Occupation
The Day of Uprising Against Occupation is a holiday that’s observed on April 27th annually in Slovenia. Also known as Slovenian Resistance Day, this holiday commemorates the establishment of the Slovenian Liberation Front in 1941.
During WWII, Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia, and that country was partially annexed by Nazi Germany on April 6, 1941, with the rest of the country being annexed by Hungary and Italy on April 11th of that same year. The Yugoslavian government would surrender a few weeks later to the Axis Powers. On April 26, 1941, the Liberation Front would be established in the house of writer Josip Vidmar in Ljublijana.
The History Of The Day Of Uprising Against Occupation
When the Liberation Front was established on the evening of April 26, 1941, it would become the main resistant movement against the Axis powers, and its military wing—the Slovene Partisans—started as a guerrilla force but soon evolved into a more organized and efficient military force in the country.
When WWII ended, the Socialist Alliance of the Working People of Slovenia was formed off of the Liberation Front. This holiday was established soon after and was originally called the Day of the Liberation Front. When Slovenia gained its independence in 1991, the holiday would be renamed “Dan upora proti okupatorju” or Day of Uprising Against Occupation in English.
Observing The Day Of Uprising Against Occupation
This day is a public holiday in Slovenia, and as a result, it’s a day off for the general population, and schools and some businesses are closed on this day. It’s also a day on which government offices are closed.