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St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day

On St. Wenceslas Day, let's honor the founding of our state with pride and gratitude for all it has given us. Happy Statehood Day!
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate St. Wenceslas Day - Statehood Day on September 28! This day is dedicated to honoring the patron saint of the Czech Republic, Saint Wenceslas, and celebrating the country's statehood. According to legend, Saint Wenceslas was known for his kindness and generosity towards the poor, making him a beloved figure in Czech culture. The holiday also marks a historic moment in Czech history when the country gained its independence from Austria-Hungary in 1918. It's a day filled with patriotic pride and traditional celebrations, making it a joyous occasion for all. So let's raise our glasses and toast to St. Wenceslas and the beautiful country of Czechia!

History of St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day

St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day Dates

St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>907</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Saint Wenceslas Martyrdom</div><div class='timeline-text'>Duke Wenceslas of Bohemia was martyred by his brother, Boleslaus the Cruel, earning him sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1854</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Saint Wenceslas Cathedral Restoration</div><div class='timeline-text'>A long restoration process begins on the Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc, a significant symbol of the saint's influence.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1918</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Czechoslovakia's Independence</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Czech lands and Slovakia declare their independence from Austria-Hungary, forming the new country of Czechoslovakia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1989</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Velvet Revolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>Non-violent protests lead to the end of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, marking a significant change in the country’s political landscape.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of the Czech Republic</div><div class='timeline-text'>Following the peaceful separation of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia become two independent nations.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a parade</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns hold parades to celebrate St. Wenceslas Day, so grab some friends and family and head to your local parade to join in on the festivities!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a historical site</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>St. Wenceslas Day is also known as Statehood Day in the Czech Republic, so why not visit a historical site related to the country's history and learn more about its rich culture and traditions.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try traditional Czech food</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate St. Wenceslas Day by indulging in some traditional Czech cuisine, such as goulash, kolaches, or svíčková. You can try making these dishes at home or visit a local Czech restaurant.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a concert or cultural event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities and towns host concerts or other cultural events to celebrate St. Wenceslas Day. Check your local events calendar to see what's happening in your area.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>St. Wenceslas was known for his charitable acts and giving to those in need. Honor his legacy by donating to a charity or volunteering your time to help those less fortunate on this day.</p></div></div>

Why St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates the founding of a nation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>St. Wenceslas Day - also known as Statehood Day in the Czech Republic - marks the anniversary of when the Bohemian state was established in 935 AD. This is an important moment in history for the Czech people, and this holiday serves as a reminder of their country's rich heritage.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It honors a beloved national hero</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>St. Wenceslas, also known as the Good King Wenceslas, is not only a patron saint of the Czech nation, but he is also seen as a symbol of goodness and moral fortitude. Celebrating this holiday allows for the recognition and remembrance of this heroic figure.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together in celebration</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Statehood Day is observed by many festivities including parades, concerts, and cultural events. It's a day to come together with family and friends to celebrate the history and culture of the Czech Republic. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of unity and national pride.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts for St. Wenceslas Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Saint Wenceslas is the subject of an English Christmas Carol</h3><p class='facts-content'>While Saint Wenceslas is celebrated in Czechia, he is also known internationally as "Good King Wenceslas" from the English Christmas carol, which narrates a story of his generosity toward a poor man.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"St. Wenceslas Chalice" is a sacred relic that survived wars and loots</h3><p class='facts-content'>The St. Wenceslas Chalice, believed to have been used by Saint Wenceslas himself, has miraculously survived numerous wars and loots. It is considered one of the sacred relics of the Czech moanstic tradition. </p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Wenceslas Square — A Central Spot in Prague Named after the Saint</h3><p class='facts-content'>Wenceslas Square, one of the main city squares in Prague, is named after Saint Wenceslas. It has been a site of many historic events and is a staple place for both political and recreational activities in the city.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Saint Wenceslas Vineyard — One of the Oldest in Czech Republic</h3><p class='facts-content'>Saint Wenceslas Vineyard is considered one of the oldest vineyards in the Czech Republic, and according to legends, was established by Saint Wenceslas. It's still operational and offers picturesque views of Prague.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Crown of Saint Wenceslas is a Symbol of Czech Sovereignty</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Crown of Saint Wenceslas is a part of the Bohemian Crown Jewels and is seen as a symbol of Czech sovereignty. It's said that any usurper who places the crown on his head is doomed to die within a year.</p></div></div>

St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day FAQs

When is St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day?

St. Wenceslas Day, also known as Statehood Day, is celebrated on September 28th every year. In 2024, it will occur on a Saturday.

St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Sep 28

Thursday

2024

Sep 28

Saturday

2025

Sep 28

Sunday

2026

Sep 28

Monday

2027

Sep 28

Tuesday

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