Hrabko: One-off State Holiday Unique Global Oddity

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Juraj Hrabko on Tablet.tv (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, May 26 (TASR) – The introduction of a one-off state holiday to commemorate the centenary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation (October 30), with which Slovaks will commemorate the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918, will be nothing but a one-off global oddity, according to publicist Juraj Hrabko.

“If Parliament greenlights this, it will go down in history. I don’t know any other country that celebrates a one-off state holiday. In terms of the political but also factual perspective, it’s beyond anyone’s fantasy to invent such a thing as a one-off state holiday – observed only once in 100 years – this simply had to happen randomly,” Hrabko told Tablet.tv.

Although the Slovak National Party (SNS) originally disagreed with the motion for economic reasons, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) announced after Tuesday’s (May 22) Coalition Council session that the differences of opinion had been successfully bridged. Subsequently, the proposal was approved by the Government.

“Of course, ordinary people are delighted by every holiday available, but a one-off state holiday is ludicrous and absurd,” stated the publicist.