Holidays in Slovakia
State holidays and Sundays
On most holidays and on Sundays, there is little change, although most people have the day off from work.
- Offices of firms, state administration (including post offices) and all other organizations including all schools will be closed.
- Shopping in larger stores and in shopping malls carries on, even if smaller stores often close or have limited hours.
- Culture (museums and performances), recreation, and eating out all continue, often with extra gusto.
- Hotels almost always continue to operate, but if your stay includes a major holiday it’s best to double-check.
- Travel is easy: petrol stations with convenience stores are almost always open 24 hours per day and 365 days per year; and public transportation in cities and between cities continues, though on a limited schedule.
The exception to this rule comes on Slovakia’s major holidays (this is an unofficial distinction): 25 and 26 December, 1 January, and the Easter weekend. In most areas, a few stores and restaurants will remain open (at petrol stations if you’re desperate), but most are closed.
The following holidays are celebrated in Slovakia
January 1st – Independence Day; New Year Day
July 5th – Holiday of Saint Cyril and Metod
August 29th –Slovak National Uprising
September 1st – Constitution day
November 17th – Day of Fight for Democracy
January 6th – Epiphany
March to April – Easter
September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows
November 1st – All Saints' Day
December 24th – Christmas Eve
December 25th – 1st Christmas Day
December 26th – 2nd Christmas Day
May 1st – Labor Day
May 8th – Victory over Fascism Day
August 4th – Day of Matica Slovenská
end of October - start of November – Autumn holidays
end of December - start of January – Christmas holidays
mid February - start of March – Spring holidays
end of March - start of April – Easter holidays
June 29th - September 1st – Summer holidays