Slovak Public School Kids Go To Catholic Mass On This Day

First Day of School

September 4, 2017

Allan Stevo

As American kids celebrated Labor Day, Slovak kids went back to school.  Because there is a centralized system of education, some guy sitting in a government office in Bratislava says when every grade school and high school – both state schools and church schools – goes back to school.  This year that was on September 5.

In some communities in Slovakia, that also meant that hundreds of kids walked down the street that stretched from their public grade school’s doors to the local Roman Catholic Church, where they prayed for a good year ahead.

Separation of church and state isn’t all that significant an idea in Slovakia the way it is in the U.S.

In the U.S., the mere act of prayer in a public school is controversial.  “It can be enough to trigger a court case,” I pointed out to a table of Slovak adults earlier this week.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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