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Names and holidays in the Slovak calendar


People in Slovakia are celebrating twice a year: once their regular birthday and another time their 'name-day'. If your name is used in Slovakia, then maybe you also have one.

Slovakia uses the same Gregorian calendar as other Western countries including the U.S.A., Canada and the European Union. The Gregorian calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII, 1640-50) has replaced the earlier Julian calendar, and introduced the ordinary year of 365 days, and a leap year of 366 days. Leap year occurs in every year whose number is exactly divisible by 4 except centenary years whose numbers are not exactly divisible by 400, as 1700, 1800, and 1900. Roman statesman Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar in 46 B.C., fixing the length of the year at 365 days and at 366 days every fourth year. The Gregorian calendar is much more precise in a long term. (Orthodox Christian churches still use the Julian calendar to determine church holidays.)

The names of months in the Slovak language come from Latin, and are therefore very similar to the English names. Slovak names of days of the week are original Slavic words. The only exception is the name of Saturday ("sobota"), that originates in the Hebrew word Sabbath (rest), probably also related to the word "seven" in Semitic languages. However today, the Slovak week begins with Monday, as in other European countries (e.g. Germany or France).

Each day was assigned a name in the official Slovak calendar. People with identical given names can celebrate these names as name days. Namedays are similar to birthdays, but generally considered to be less important. However, there are always more people who know of your nameday than those who remember your birthday. The names in this civil calendar are only in some cases identical with the names in the Catholic or Protestant church calendars, or with the Czech civil calendar. You can see the official Slovak calendar below. To find a specific name, please use the "find" function of your browser (CTRL-F in general). Red marked days are bank holidays consisting of state holidays and Christian holidays except for Easter (Friday, Sunday and Monday) that depends on the moon cycle.

January

1. New Year Day
Independence Day (1993)

2. Alexandra
3. Daniela
4. Drahoslav
5. Andrea
6. Antonia
Epiphany
7. Bohuslava
8. Severin
9. Alexej
10. Dasa
11. Malvina
12. Ernest
13. Rastislav
14. Radovan
15. Dobroslav
16. Kristina
17. Natasa
18. Bohdana
19. Drahomira
20. Dalibor
21. Vincent
22. Zora
23. Milos
24. Timotej
25. Gejza
26. Tamara
27. Bohus
28. Alfonz
29. Gaspar
30. Ema
31. Emil
February

1. Tatiana
2. Erika, Erik
3. Blazej
4. Veronika
5. Agata
6. Dorota
7. Vanda
8. Zoja
9. Zdenko
10. Gabriela
11. Dezider
12. Perla
13. Arpad
14. Valentin
15. Pravoslav
16. Ida
17. Miloslava
18. Jaromir
19. Vlasta
20. Livia
21. Eleonora
22. Etela
23. Roman, Romana
24. Matej
25. Frederik, Frederika
26. Viktor
27. Alexander
28. Zlatica
29. Radomir
March

1. Albin
2. Anezka
3. Bohumil, Bohumila
4. Kazimir
5. Fridrich
6. Radoslav, Radoslava
7. Tomas
8. Alan, Alana
9. Frantiska
10. Branislav, Bruno
11. Angela, Angelika
12. Gregor
13. Vlastimil
14. Matilda
15. Svetlana
16. Boleslav
17. Lubica
18. Eduard
19. Jozef
20. Vitazoslav
21. Blahoslav
22. Benadik
23. Adrian
24. Gabriel
25. Marian
26. Emanuel
27. Alena
28. Sona
29. Miroslav
30. Vieroslava
31. Benjamin
April

1. Hugo
2. Zita
3. Richard
4. Izidor
5. Miroslava
6. Irena
7. Zoltan
8. Albert
9. Milena
10. Igor
11. Julius
12. Estera
13. Ales
14. Justina
15. Fedor
16. Dana
17. Rudolf
18. Valer
19. Jela
20. Marcel
21. Ervin
22. Slavomir
23. Vojtech
24. Juraj
25. Marek
26. Jaroslava
27. Jaroslav
28. Jarmila
29. Lea
30. Anastazia
May

1. Labor Day
2. Zigmund
3. Galina
4. Florian
5. Lesana
6. Hermina
7. Monika
8. Ingrida
Victory over Fascism Day (1945)
9. Roland
10. Viktoria
11. Blazena
12. Pankrac
13. Servac
14. Bonifac
15. Zofia
16. Svetozar
17. Gizela
18. Viola
19. Gertruda
20. Bernard
21. Zina
22. Julia
23. Zelmira
24. Ela
25. Urban
26. Dusan
27. Iveta
28. Viliam
29. Vilma
30. Ferdinand
31. Petronela, Petrana
June

1. Zaneta
2. Xenia, Oxana
3. Karolina
4. Lenka
5. Laura
6. Norbert
7. Robert
8. Medard
9. Stanislava
10. Margareta
11. Dobroslava
12. Zlatko
13. Anton
14. Vasil
15. Vit
16. Blanka
17. Adolf
18. Vratislav
19. Alfred
20. Valeria
21. Alojz
22. Paulina
23. Sidonia
24. Jan
25. Tadeas, Olivia
26. Adriana
27. Ladislav, Ladislava
28. Beata
29. Peter, Pavol, Petra
30. Melania
July

1. Diana
2. Berta
3. Miloslav
4. Prokop
5. Cyril, Metod
(their arrival into Great-Moravia's Empire in 863)

6. Patricia, Patrik
7. Oliver
8. Ivan
9. Lujza
10. Amalia
11. Milota
12. Nina
13. Margita
14. Kamil
15. Henrich
16. Drahomir
17. Bohuslav
18. Kamila
19. Dusana
20. Ilja, Elias
21. Daniel
22. Magdalena
23. Olga
24. Vladimir
25. Jakub
26. Anna, Hana
27. Bozena
28. Kristof
29. Marta
30. Libusa
31. Ignac
August

1. Bozidara
2. Gustav
3. Jergus
4. Dominik, Dominika
5. Hortenzia
6. Jozefina
7. Stefania
8. Oskar
9. Lubomira
10. Vavrinec
11. Zuzana
12. Darina
13. Lubomir
14. Mojmir
15. Marcela
16. Leonard
17. Milica
18. Elena, Helena
19. Lydia
20. Anabela
21. Jana
22. Tichomir
23. Filip
24. Bartolomej
25. Ludovit
26. Samuel
27. Silvia
28. Augustin
29. Nikola
Slovak National Uprising (1944)
30. Ruzena
31. Nora
September

1. Drahoslava
Constitution Day (1992)
2. Linda
3. Belo
4. Rozalia
5. Regina
6. Alica
7. Marianna
8. Miriama
9. Martina
10. Oleg
11. Bystrik
12. Maria
13. Ctibor
14. Ludomil
15. Jolana
Our Lady of Sorrows
16. Ludmila
17. Olympia
18. Eugenia
19. Konstantin
20. Luboslav, Luboslava
21. Matus
22. Moric
23. Zdenka
24. Lubos, Lubor
25. Vladislav
26. Edita
27. Cyprian
28. Vaclav
29. Michal, Michaela
30. Jarolim
October

1. Arnold
2. Levoslav
3. Stela
4. Frantisek
5. Viera
6. Natalia
7. Eliska
8. Brigita
9. Dionyz
10. Slavomira
11. Valentina
12. Maximilian
13. Koloman
14. Boris
15. Terezia
16. Vladimira
17. Hedviga
18. Lukas
19. Kristian
20. Vendelin
21. Ursula
22. Sergej
23. Alojzia
24. Kvetoslava
25. Aurel
26. Demeter
27. Sabina
28. Dobromila
29. Klara
30. Simon, Simona
31. Aurelia
November

1. Denisa, Denis
All Saints' Day
2. All Souls' Day
3. Hubert
4. Karol
5. Imrich
6. Renata
7. Rene
8. Bohumir
9. Teodor
10. Tibor
11. Martin, Maros
12. Svatopluk
13. Stanislav
14. Irma
15. Leopold
16. Agnesa
17. Klaudia
Day of Fight for Democracy
18. Eugen
19. Alzbeta
20. Felix
21. Elvira
22. Cecilia
23. Klement
24. Emilia
25. Katarina
26. Kornel
27. Milan
28. Henrieta
29. Vratko
30. Ondrej, Andrej
December

1. Edmund
2. Bibiana
3. Oldrich
4. Barbora
5. Oto
6. Mikulas
7. Ambroz
8. Marina
9. Izabela
10. Raduz
11. Hilda
12. Otilia
13. Lucia
14. Branislava, Bronislava
15. Ivica
16. Albina
17. Kornelia
18. Slava
19. Judita
20. Dagmara
21. Bohdan
22. Adela
23. Nadezda
24. Adam a Eva
25. 1st Christmas Day
26. 2nd Christmas Day
Stefan
27. Filomena
28. Ivana, Ivona
29. Milada
30. David
31. Silvester

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