Matica Slovenska Day

Matica Slovenská Day is a remembrance day that’s observed every August 4th in Slovakia. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate the day in 1863 when the Matica slovenská was founded. This organization is the Slovak national, scientific, and cultural organization that’s headquartered in Martin, Slovakia, and has facilities all across Slovakia as well as facilities located around the globe.

It’s a public institution that is a scientific and cultural center that protects the identity, culture, and national rights of Slovak culture. Because this day isn’t a public holiday, all government and private institutions operate according to their normal hours of operation, and it’s not a day off for the general public.

The History of Matica Slovenská Day

Construction of the first historical residential building of the Slovak Matica began in 1863. The foundation stone in the center of Martin was first laid on the 6th of April of that year, and the partially constructed building was opened on August 8, 1865. It would fall out of favor with the Hungarian state in 1875.

On January 1, 1919, the Slovak Matica was revived, and the original seat was restored by the Czechoslovak government for the administration of Slovakia. On August 5, 1919, the second Matica was opened, and it continued to play its role in the improvement of Slovak culture.

Observing Matica Slovenská Day

This holiday is observed with cultural events and exhibitions. Because it’s not a public holiday, it’s not a day off for most people, and most businesses and government agencies continue to operate normally.

Where is it celebrated?
Slovakia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
August 4 Sunday
Next year (2025)
August 4 Monday
Last year (2023)
August 4 Friday