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 Aug 31 2022

Deň Ústavy Slovenskej Republiky - Bryndzové Halušky from Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia's National Day, 'Deň Ústavy Slovenskej republiky' (Constitution Day), is celebrated annually on September 1st. It commemorates the adoption of the Slovak constitution in 1992. The establishment of the constitution effectively brought to end the state of Czechoslovakia, leading to the establishment of the Czech and Slovak republics on January 1st 1993.

The public holiday is marked by traditional customs such as folk dancing and traditional singing. The parliament and Bratislava Castle are open to the public. In the evening, Bratislava Castle is lit up to mark the occasion.


Slovak cuisine varies slightly from region to region across the country. Traditional Slovak food consists of a wide range of soups, gruels, boiled and stewed vegetables, roasted and smoked meats, and dairy products, especially sheep's milk cheese (bryndza). Its origins can be traced to times when the majority of the population lived self-sufficiently in villages, with very limited food imports and exports and with no modern means of food preservation or processing.


The Slovak national dish is "Bryndzové Halušky" – a sort of potato dumplings (Halušky) with special sheep cheese (Bryndza) and usually also topped with fried bacon. You can get this specialty in regular restaurants, too. However, it tastes best in typical wooden sheds or chalets, where also other traditional Slovak meals are on the menu. The entire atmosphere completed with folk or Gypsy music is an unforgettable experience. There also is an annual Bryndzové Halušky festival in Turecká, a village in central Slovakia, featuring an eating contest.

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One of the most famous sculptures in Bratislava is Čumil, the "gawper". Since 1997, this sculpture can be found at a junction in the Old Town of Bratislava.

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