A few days ago we remembered the formation of Czech and Slovak republic, which was following by separation of common state on January 1st, 1993. It´s now already 28 years, when the both nations are existing in their own state forms. The separation of Czechoslovakia, in English speaking media known as „Velvet Divorce“ – is in many countries used by separatists as a positive example of peaceful separation of the state. It´s mentioned for example in Belgium, where is a tension between Flemish and Walloon regions or for example in Canada.
January 1st it´s not only a first day of the new year, but also a statutory holiday in Czech Republic as well in Slovakia. Each state is using a different name for this holiday. In Czech Republic it´s called Day of the restoration of the independent Czech state, in Slovakia they call it Day of the establishment of the Slovak republic.
About Czech and Slovak perception of common past as well about the formation of two republics in the hearth of the Europe was the interview between Klara Kohoutová and Milan Olejnik in the program National magazine. If you didn´t have a chance to listen to it during its first run – you can find it in Archív RTVS.