On August 17, Slovenia celebrates the Day of the reunification of Prekmurje Slovenes with the Mother Nation (Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day).
Prekmurje is a region located in the very northeast of modern Slovenia. The name itself speaks for itself - these are lands located along the Mura River. The center of the region is the ancient city of Murska Sobota, which for several centuries, together with the entire Prekmurje, was part of the Kingdom of Hungary.
After the Battle of Mohacs (1526), Hungary, together with Prekmurje, passed into the possession of the Habsburgs. After the dissolution of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918 and after the proclamation of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, the creation of the Soviet Republic of Murska Sobota was announced, which lasted only six days.
As a result of the decisions of the Paris Peace Conference, as well as under pressure from General Meister, on August 17, 1919, the military authorities transferred powers to the civilian Yugoslav authorities. This event was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Slovenes of Murska Sobota and the surrounding villages who gathered in the town square.
Given the significance of these historical events in the formation of the Slovenian state, since 2005 a corresponding public holiday has been established, which, however, is not a non-working day.