Today’s Doodle celebrates Slovakia, a central European nation bordered by the Czech Republic, or Czechia, from whom Slovakia peacefully separated in 1993.
This year Slovakia has much to celebrate. Only last month the independent nation-state commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s creation. Today Slovakian citizens remember the student uprising 85 years ago when young people came together to speak out against Nazi occupation. More than half a century later their bravery inspired the start of the so-called Velvet Revolution as a memorial march in the students’ honor helped bring about the end of Communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia.
November 17 is now an official holiday, also known as the National Day of Freedom. It’s a great time to reflect on the rich history of Slovakia, from the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the courage shown by its citizens, especially its young people, throughout this tumultuous century.
Happy National Day of Freedom, Slovakia!