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Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day – August 17, 2024

Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day is celebrated annually on August 17. Prekmurje is a region of Slovenia located between the Mur River in Slovenia and the Raba Valley in the westernmost part of Hungary, which retains certain specific linguistic, cultural, and religious features that distinguish it from other Slovenian traditional regions.

This is a public holiday in the Republic of Slovenia but not a non-working day. On this day, the Slovenes gather in Prekmurje to celebrate their liberation from Hungarian supremacy and becoming part of their native country, Slovenia.

History of Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day

Prekmurje has a tumultuous history. It has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and later was incorporated into the Roman Empire and then into the Italian Kingdom of Odoacer, the Ostrogothic Kingdom, the Lombard Kingdom, the Avar Kingdom, the Slavic State of Samo, the Frankish Empire, the Principality of Lower Pannonia, and the Arnulf’s Kingdom of Carantania. At the end of the 10th century, it was conquered by the Hungarians and under the rule of the medieval Kingdom of Hungary until the 16th century. Since that time, the region has been largely controlled by the Habsburg Monarchy with short periods of Ottoman administration. After the fall of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, Prekmurje was first incorporated into the Hungarian Democratic Republic and later into the Hungarian Soviet Republic. In 1919, it declared independence as the short-lived Republic of Prekmurje and was later included in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (known as Yugoslavia). From 1941 to 1945, Prekmurje was temporarily occupied by the Axis powers, and in 1945 was incorporated into the new socialist Yugoslavia. It has been a part of independent Slovenia since 1991.

Only about 12 years ago, the Slovenes began to celebrate Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day as a national holiday, giving due importance to this event. The purpose of this day is to commemorate the events that led to the unification of the Prekmurje nation as a part of Slovenia. In 1919, more than 20,000 people attended a mass meeting in Beltinci, supporting the reunification of Prekmurje with their mother nation and living to see the day they became part of a common homeland.

Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day timeline

11th Century
Part of the Kolon County

During Hungarian rule, the region is part of the county of Kolon.

Habsburg Administration

The Prekmurje region comes under Habsburg rule, although some villages are under Ottoman administration for a short time.

20th Century
The Name Prekmurje

It’s named after the Mur River, which separates the region from the rest of Slovenia.

The Reunification

The Yugoslav army hands over the territory of Prekmurje to civilian authorities.

Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day FAQs

Has Prekmurje ever been occupied?

Prekmurje was occupied on August 12, 1919, by the Yugoslav army and later handed over to local authorities.

Where is Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day celebrated?

The day is celebrated in Slovenia on August 17.

Is English spoken in Slovenia?

Slovene or Slovenian is the official and national language of Slovenia, which is spoken by the vast majority of the population.

How to Observe Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day

  1. Visit Prekmurje

    Visit Prekmurje to observe Prekmurje Union Day. On this day, politicians and the president gather in the Prekmurje region to say a few words about this holiday and its importance in the history of Slovenia.

  2. Go to a musical performance

    Traditionally, after the president’s speech, people go to enjoy a musical performance. Music groups usually play folk music.

  3. Share the story

    If you can’t go to Prekmurje, but want to join the holiday, this is the right option for you. Post your words of support for Slovenians in Prekmurje on social networks. Watch live broadcasts of the celebration.

5 Facts About Slovenia That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. It has more than 90,000 beekeepers

    Honey is undoubtedly considered a delicacy here.

  2. Lake Bled is located there

    This is the most popular tourist destination, which was quite well-known among royalty in ancient times.

  3. There are more than 500 brown bears

    The bears live mainly in forests but rarely hunt because they are mostly vegetarians.

  4. Bonfires are lit up on April 30

    There is a similar tradition in Sweden, known as Valborg or Walpurgis night.

  5. World’s longest stone arch bridge

    The Solkan bridge contains 4,533 stone blocks that stretch for 0.137 miles.

Why Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day is Important

  1. It has a long history

    For centuries, the Slovenians in Prekmurje have preserved all the elements that can unite people as a nation: the desire to write and speak their native language, and unwavering loyalty to the Slovenian identity and the idea of a united Slovenia. Thus, they demonstrated that the existence and identity of a nation do not depend on the international situation but on the national consciousness, which is inherent in each member of the national community.

  2. It is an important event for Slovenia

    It shows that the country is finally whole and united under one government. And besides, Prekmurje is no longer under the rule of the Republic of Hungary.

  3. We support the Slovenians

    It doesn’t matter if they are from Prekmurje or other regions of Slovenia, we support their desire to be reunited with their native nation. And this applies to absolutely all countries and peoples.

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