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Prešeren Day
Slovenia

Prešeren Day 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Slovenia

Every 8 February is Prešeren Day, also called “Slovenian Cultural Day”. The day is a time set aside to celebrate all that makes Slovenians Slovenian, but the actual name and date were chosen to commemorate the memory and death-day of famed Slovenian poet France Prešeren.

YearDateDayHoliday
20228 FebTuePrešeren Day
20238 FebWedPrešeren Day
20248 FebThuPrešeren Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Prešeren Day was first made a Slovenian holiday in 1944, but it didn’t become an off-work day until 1991. Some also keep the birthday of Prešeren as a kind of holiday, but that doesn’t have any official status.

Prešeren Day remembers the oppression of Slovenia’s culture, in particular its authors, poets, and artists, during the Nazi occupation. Due to the huge influence of and appreciation for France Prešeren, this day of cultural celebration was centred around him.

On and around Prešeren Day, there are an abundance of cultural exhibits, events, and educational presentations. School children frequently go on field trips to Slovenian art museums and other places where they can learn about France Prešeren and about Slovenia’s history and heritage in general.

Also on Prešeren Day, various awards are given out to Slovenian artists, normally to only one or two per year. These awards are very prestigious and have been given out continually since 1947.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20218 FebMonPrešeren Day
20208 FebSatPrešeren Day
20198 FebFriPrešeren Day
20188 FebThuPrešeren Day
20178 FebWedPrešeren Day