The government is making progress with its plan to cancel at least two national holidays to help boost the Slovak economy by an additional two days of GDP production, as a decision has finally been taken as to which two extra days we will have to work.
The dilemma was which holidays to cancel, but a decision was finally made on the cancellation of Constitution Day (1 September) and Our Lady of Sorrows (15 September). The cancellation of the religious holiday has, of course, not gone down too well with the Christian democratic KDH party and religious leaders.
Yesterday Robert Fico told representatives of the Catholic church that the holiday should be moved to Sunday, which effectively means its cancellation and so there would be no need to open up the treaty that the Slovak Republic concluded with the Holy See. The church is very defensive of all its holidays, though, and 15 September is also the date that the Vatican ordained the Virgin Mary as the patron saint of Slovakia back in 1927.
At present there are a total of eleven religious holidays respected in Slovakia, with just 7 national holidays (bank holidays).