Sovereignty Day in Slovenia

In Slovenia, the 25th of October is observed as Sovereignty Day. This public holiday commemorates the withdrawal of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) from the territory of what is now present-day Slovenia. This is widely seen as one of the key events of Slovenia attaining independence.

Even though this day is a state holiday, it’s not a day off for the general population. Because it was created in 2015, this holiday is one of the newer public holidays in Slovenia. The flag of the Republic of Slovenia is displayed on all official premises of state authorities and may also be displayed on other public buildings.

The History Of Sovereignty Day In Slovenia

In Yugoslavia on June 27th, 1991, the Ten-Day War began between the Yugoslav army and the Slovenian Territorial Defense. It ended on July 7th with Slovenia’s decisive victory and with Slovenia becoming independent. Slovenia would agree to postpone its independence by three months and the Yugoslav military was allowed to leave the country in stages—with a firm deadline near the end of October. Around midnight on October 25th through October 26th of 1991, the last Yugoslav soldiers left Slovenia.

On March 9th, 2015, a bill was sponsored by a member of the ruling Modern Centre Party and was enacted with a majority of 70 to 4 by the National Assembly. On the first official Sovereignty Day, no official ceremonies were planned or enacted. The president’s office organized an open day, with the president giving a speech to the public.

Observing Sovereignty Day In Slovenia

Even though this is not a non-working holiday, it is celebrated with special speeches, flag-raising ceremonies, and other special events. Most commemorations don’t take place on the national level, however. Instead, they take place on the municipal level.

There are ceremonies at the  National Memorial to the fallen in the Ten-Day War in In Zâle Central Cemetery in Ljubljana and also in Kamnik. Smaller events are held across Slovenia.

Where is it celebrated?
Slovenia (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2023)
October 25 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
October 25 Friday
Last year (2022)
October 25 Tuesday