Rudolf Maister Day
Rudolf Maister Day is a holiday that’s observed in Slovenia and remembers the general who established the first modern Slovenian army and secured the area that would eventually become the country’s northern border. It’s a day that commemorates the date in 1918 when Maister took control of Maribor — a city in Slovenia that sits among the wine-region hills located on the Drava River.
Even though this holiday is widely celebrated with events such as an open day at the Presidential Palace located in Ljubljana, public speeches by politicians commemorating the day, and other events, it’s not a bank holiday in Slovenia and most establishments operate according to their usual hours.
The History Of Rudolf Maister Day In Slovenia
After the Austro-Hungarian Empire broke up, Major Rudolf Maister prevented Maribor and the Podravje region from being incorporated into German Austria. On October 30th, 1918, the German city council declared that Maribor and the surrounding countryside were a part of German Austria, and it’s this proposition that Maister found unacceptable.
Maister would muster 4,0000 soldiers, disarmed the German security service, and disbanded the German city council’s militia. He would then occupy Slovenian ethnic territory and would help establish the northern border between Austria and Yugoslavia. This border would later be ratified under the Saint Germain Peace Treaty.
Observing Rudolf Maister Day
Although this isn’t a bank holiday, it’s a holiday that’s observed in its own way. There’s usually a main ceremony during which politicians such as the Interior Minister and/or the Parliamentary Speaker deliver speeches. There is also a wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Defense Ministry building, as well as a wreath-laying ceremony at General Rudolf Maister’s grave in Pobrežje Cemetery.
And there’s an open house at the Presidential Palace where the President welcomes visitors. In front of the building, the honorary guard of the Slovenian Armed Forces will take their ceremonial positions during this open house.