No shopping on November 1. Shops will be closed

Shops will also be closed on November 17, the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

All Saints Day, marked on November 1, will close shops in Slovakia for a dayAll Saints Day, marked on November 1, will close shops in Slovakia for a day (Source: TASR)

The first day of November, All Saints' Day, is a quiet day for many Slovaks, who usually visit cemeteries and remember their loved ones who have died. Since it is a national holiday in Slovakia, the shops will not be open.

Stands where cemetery goers may buy graveside lanterns and flowers, fresh or artificial, are an exception, though. Petrol stations, shops at airports and bus or railway stations, as well as pharmacies and souvenir shops are exempt from the ban, too.

The ban applies to the sale of goods only. This means service-oriented businesses, including restaurants or beauty salons, may be open as well.

Four more days

The fully spiritual atmosphere of decorating graveyards with candles and flowers will continue on November 2, when Slovaks celebrate All Souls' Day. However, shops will be open.

There are four more public holidays when shops will be closed this year: November 17, on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, and three days during Christmas time.

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