Independence And Unity Day
Independence and Unity Day is a state holiday observed annually on December 26th, commemorating the official proclamation of the Slovenian Independence Referendum that occurred on that date in 1990. It is a holiday observed with a national ceremony that includes speeches, readings of literature or poetry, and musical programs.
It is also a day on which many events take place to focus on educating the young about the importance of this holiday and to encourage unity in the country. Although Ljubljana is often the centralized location for many of the celebrations, communities across the country hold their own festivals and parades on this day.
The History of Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia
On December 23, 1990, the Slovenian Independence Referendum was put on the ballot, and 93.2% of all eligible voters participated in the plebiscite. The results were formally announced three days later, which is why December 26th is observed annually as Independence and Unity Day. It was originally known as the Day of Independence but was changed in 2005 to Independence and Unity Day.
Fun Facts About Slovenia
- Slovenia has a population of over 2.1 million people and is located in Central Europe.
- The capital city of Slovenia is Ljubljana, which has a population of over 294,000 people.
- The highest peak in Slovenia is Triglav, with a height of 2,864 meters.
- Slovenia has a 330 km border with Austria, a 280 km border with Italy, a 102 km border with Hungary, and a 670 km border with Croatia.
Observing Independence and Unity Day in Slovenia
This holiday is celebrated with festivals, parades, and speeches across the country. At Republic Square in Ljubljana, there is usually a large celebration, and many Slovenians celebrate by enjoying folk music and dances.