Customs and traditions
After being dominated by Hungarian rulers for
centuries, the Slovaks of the 18th century began to
develop their own cultural and national identity.
Historically, the Slovaks are a small-town people with
roots in villages. Overall, the culture and society are
very similar to other European countries, especially the
Central European countries.
Food and meals
Typical Slovak food often consists of soups,
vegetables, stews, smoked or grilled meat and dairy
products. Goat cheese and pastries are a very typical
Slovak dish. Usually, you eat five meals in one day.
Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and
dinner. Lunch is the most important meal of the day and
usually last longer than other meals. Often, soup is
served for starters and meat for main course. A light
meal is served for dinner. Bread is eaten at all meals.
Common drinks are water, beer, soft drinks and fruit
juice. Gin and apple spirits are common alcoholic
beverages. At Christmas, the meals follow a tradition
which means that on Christmas Eve, meat is not served,
but only soup and some kind of body cakes for main
course. On Christmas day, goose is usually served.
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Slovaks are not too close to each other when they
talk, a few meters is usually enough. At meetings and
presentations they take care. Men and women who stand a
little closer greet each other with a cheek kiss on each
cheek. During invitations, guests are usually invited
for drinks. Empty glasses and plates fill up quickly. It
is not wrong to leave drinks and food when you are
measured. Alcoholic beverages are usually offered. As a
woman, you can usually ask for something else to drink.
Men are expected to drink alcohol unless they drive a
On formal occasions and holidays, men dress in suits
and women in dresses or in two-piece costumes with
As a guest, guests usually bring flowers, cakes or
January 1st is both New Year's Day and Independence
Day. On January 6, the thirteenth day is celebrated with
young boys dressing up for gentlemen and going from farm
to farm. Other Catholic holidays are also celebrated,
such as Good Friday, Easter and Easter Day. May 1 is not
only International Labor Day, but is also the day of
spring's celebration. On May 8, the commemoration of the
end of the Second World War is celebrated. On July 5,
Christianity's arrival in Slovakia is celebrated. The
Slovak Resistance Movement during the Second World War
is highlighted on 29 August. On September 1
(Constitution Day), the signing of the current Slovak
Republic's constitution celebrates. September 15 is a
Christian celebration in memory of the suffering of the
Virgin Mary. November 1st is All Saints Day and
Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. New Year's Eve
is celebrated on December 31. In addition to these days
off, school closures for the summer are also celebrated
with parades and festivals. In the countryside, the
harvest festival usually falls in August with parties
that include music and dance. So is the apple harvest
celebrated in early autumn.
Slovakia has a relatively well-developed road
network, but the communications between the richer
western part of the country and the poorer eastern
Slovakia are poor due to the mountainous terrain. Since
independence in 1993, considerable sums have been
invested in both the road and rail networks, many of
which have come from the EU.
The majority of passenger and freight traffic is by
train. The railway is in great need of modernization.
Almost half of the 360-mile railway network is
electrified. The train companies are at a great loss and
a privatization of both freight and passenger traffic
has been discussed.
In order to simplify the train traffic from Russia
and Ukraine to Vienna in Austria, the Slovak Railways,
Russia, Ukraine and Austria's state railway companies in
2010 agreed to expand and improve the train route
passing through the four countries. In March 2012, the
first private operator in passenger traffic, the Czech
RegioJet began driving on the route Bratislava-Komárno.
More private players are expected to come, even in
The shipping on the Danube is significant. The river
is navigable from the Black Sea in the east to Germany
in the west. The largest river ports are in Bratislava
Slovakia has five international airports. The largest
is located in Bratislava and has become an alternative
for low cost flights throughout the region. The airport
in Košice was sold in 2010 to an Austrian company, which
also wanted to buy Bratislava's airport. However, that
purchase was stopped because Smer-SD considered the
airport to be of national strategic interest and not to
be sold to foreign interests. Many travelers also fly
via the nearby Schwechat International Airport in