Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovakia marks Ss Cyril and Methodius and the Day of Foreign Slovaks

Events will mark both of them

One of numerous sculptures depicting Ss Cyril and Methodius in Slovakia.(Source: Sme)

Slovakia holds a state holiday on July 5, commemorating the arrival of Byzantine missionaries, Saints Cyril and Methodius to the territory including a part of current Slovakia in the second half of the 9th century. As of 2006 the country marks the same day also as the Day of Foreign Slovaks.

Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius, two brothers from Thessaloniki, Greece, came to the territory of today’s Slovakia in 863. Though they spent only around 20 years in what was then known as the Great Moravian Empire, they are still considered to be among the most remarkable personalities in the early history of the region.

The spiritual message of the two brothers’ visit helped fuel the Slovak national awakening in the 19th century. Their importance grew in 1980 when Pope John Paul II declared Cyril and Methodius patrons of Europe.

Based on the latest archaeological findings, while Christianity was already present in this territory during the time of their arrival, they helped to spread the word among common people as they offered masses in Slavonic language – understandable to local common people, unlike Latin. They also invented a special script, Glagolic.

Day of Foreign Slovaks

Slovak communities around the world mark the Day of Foreign Slovaks on July 5. On this day they meet and organise various social and cultural events.

The Office for Slovaks Living Abroad (ÚSŽZ) invites on its website fellow countrymen to commemorate the Day of Foreign Slovaks in the Sad Janka Kráľa park in Bratislava’s Petržalka.

Exactly on July 5 ethnic Slovaks from Hungary placed in this park a 4.5-tonne monument sculpted from red marble. This is the foundation stone of a future memorial of Slovak emigration.

Top stories

Scrapping the amnesties to be discussed in fast-track proceeding

The government proposal may be adopted on March 30.

Parliament discusses the laws intended to scrap the Mečiar amnesties.

We were joking before the trip, women from the first transport to Auschwitz recall Video

On March 25, Slovakia marked 75 years since the first transport of Jews to the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.

EU opens e-payment market to IT giants

People should benefit from stronger competition, faster and cheaper payments and higher security.

Illustrative stock photo

Mendoza: A news story can change the world

Every journalist has the responsibility to take a story beyond their daily beat, says Martha Mendoza, one of the team of four women who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their “Seafood from Slaves”…

Martha Mendoza