The Calendar

The premise of “52 Weeks in Slovakia” is that Slovakia
offers a unique cultural “feast” weekly to the attentive
visitor and does so rhythmically year after year. Our
goal on the site is to create a collection of at least one
essay that will timelessly show a snapshot of life in Slovakia
one week at a time. Below are those weekly snapshots of
life in Slovakia at the turn of the 21st century and some
methods by which we plan to fill a few of those spaces.

Week 1
January 1 – January 7
Topic: Silvester and Three Kings / Slovak Independence /Chatovka at Silvester

““Ring Out, Wild Bells” – A Poem for the New Year”
“An Eyewitness Account – Slovak Independence Day – January 1, 1993”
“Meciar, Vladimír Meciar – Father of the Slovak Republic”
– “September 1993: National Geographic – Accounts from the Velvet Divorce
– “The Czech Republic – 20 Years Without a Name
– “Griffith: The Birth of a New State
– “Vladimir Meciar – Father of the Slovak Republic – ‘A lot of Slovaks like Meciar; some dislike him.‘”

Week 2
January 8 – January 14
Topic: Hidden Corners of The slovak Kitchen

– “Caj s rumom recipe – Tea with Rum
“Cigánska Pecienka Recipe – “Gypsy Liver” Recipe”
“Gulaš Recipe”
“Hriatô recipe”
“Kapustnica – Pani Stefka’s Christmas Cabbage Soup Recipe”
“Langoš recipe”
“Onion Soup Recipe / Cibulacka “
“Oškvarky and Oškvarky Recipe”
“Varené víno recipe – Hot spiced wine recipe”
“Vianocný punc recipe – Christmas Punch Recipe”

Week 3
January 15 – January 21
Bernolak’s Birthday and the “Birth” of the Slovak Language

“Two Slovak Words that Do not Translate Well – Zmrzlina & Šlahacka”
“How to Speak English with a Slovak – Confusing Words”
“How to Write Slovak Emails – Ditch the Diacriticals”
“The Great Vowel Shift”
“Changing Languages Changes Your Personality – Lingual Personality”
“Klobasa and Other Slavic Ways to Say Sausage”
“Footnote: How Slavs Greet Each Other”
– “How To Write Better In English – 4 Simple Steps” (not yet published)
– “Bernolak” (not yet published)

Week 4
January 22 – January 28
Ski Week

– “Ski Week” (not yet published)

Week 5
January 29 – February 4
Coal Holiday / Flu Holiday / Slovakia on the Internet

– “Coal Holiday” (not yet published)
– “How to watch Slovak and Czech Films on the internet using Torrent Files ” (not yet published)
“5 Slovak Resources that I Use Every Day”
“Google Doodles about Slovakia”
“Erecting Paywalls and Tearing Down Barriers in Online Media:
Will the Slovak Solution become the Global Solution?”

Week 6
February 5 – February 11
Visiting Slovak Families

– “The Discomfort of Becoming a Member of the Family” (not yet published)
“How to Beat a Slovak to the Bill”
“Being Told How to Pee”
“Every Morning in the Village – 4 Slovak Housekeeping Tips”
“How You Cross Your Legs and What it Says About You – “The European Leg Cross””

Week 7
February 12 – February 18
Ash Wednesday and Social Ball Season

“Ash Wednesday Comes and Social Ball Season Ends – Ples”
– “The Obligatory Trip to Venice” (not yet published)

Week 8
February 19 – February 25
Bush-Putin Summit

“Footnote: Bush-Putin Summit February 24, 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia”
“Footnote: George W. Bush’s Speech in Bratislava – February 24, 2005”
“Footnote: Joke – A Slovak Joke about the Coming of the Communists in February 1948”

Week 9
February 26 – March 3
The Annual Killing of Morena

“The Annual Killing of Morena”

Week 10
March 4 – March 10
International Day of Women / Names Days

“The International Day of Women and a Chance to Win a Contest – MDŽ and Name-days”

Week 11
March 11 – March 17
The Slovak Nation Meets The Slovak State

“Why Nationalists March Through Bratislava Today – Why Neo-Nazis March Through Bratislava Today”
“The First Slovak State in 1,287 Words”
“The Martial Arts / Self-Defense Style Invented in Bratislava – Krav Maga”
“What Does it Mean to Be Slovak? Zlatý Bažant Reponds – Slovak Identity”
“A Healthy Disrespect of the Police”
– ““Slovakia is a Small Country” – Not Much Truth Behind the Complaints That Slovakia is “Too Small” and “Too Poor”
“Respect my Authority: Police v. Teacher, Government v. Parent”
“The Right Kind of People”
“The Hinlicky Rule and the New York Times – Ringing in the New Year”
“Chechnya Isn’t Czechoslovakia”
“Donuts, Tacos, Kolaches”
“Footnote: The Origins of the Word “Ogre” – Where Hungarians the Original Ogres?”
“Slovenia – You DO Know Where It Is”
“Slovenia is not Slovakia – Youtube Video”

Week 12
March 18 – March 24
Spring Open Air Markets

“Photos: The Open Air Market on a Spring Day – Mileticova”
“Before Americans Had “Cage Free, Organically Fed, No Soy Feed, High Omega 3, Free Range Eggs” Slovaks Just Had Eggs”

Week 13
March 25 – March 31
Bear’s Garlic

“Ramps, a Word Americans Should Stop Using”
“Chicago – The Field of Bear’s Garlic”
“Can Bear’s Garlic Kill You?”

Week 14
April 1 – April 7
The Liberation of Bratislava – April 4, 1945

“The Liberation of Bratislava – April 4, 1945”
“Footnote: Kežmarok Library”

Week 15
April 8 – April 14
Gagarin Circles the Earth April 12, 1961

“A Man Even Americans Should Know – Gagarin Circles the Earth”
“Is Slovakia Stuck in the 1950’s? – 13 Examples of How It Is”

Week 16
April 15 – April 21
Lambs to the Slaughter / Palm Sunday

“Lambs to the Slaughter”
– “Baca, the Risk Taking Entrepreneur of Slovak Society” (not yet published)

Week 17
April 22 – April 28
Easter Sunday / Easter Monday

“An Easter Gift for My Readers: The Elusive Hrudka”
“Women Watch Out for This in Slovakia – Whips”
“Translating Sibacka: The Whipping Ceremony”
“The Slovak Whipping Ceremony – 11 Reasons to Hate It – Anti-Šibacka”
“10 Videos that You Might Not Like – The Sibacka Captured on Film – Šibacka Videos”
“Easter Monday in Slovakia”

Week 18
April 29 – May 5
The First of May – A Religious Holiday,
A Communist Holiday, and a European Union Holiday

“An Inheritance from Communism? – Slovak Workers and Pat a Mat”
“Try this for Your True Love Tomorrow – Maj”
“Happy Easter Again ! When Easter is Celebrated Among the Rusyn People of Slovakia”

Week 19
May 6 – May 12
Tablos, Graduation, Maturita

“Graduation Parades Through the Old Town”
“Tablo – What’s a Tablo?”
“Guru Peter Drucker Comments on Guru Jan Amos Komensky (Comenius)”
“Mailbag – Trip to Slovakia, Looking for a Teaching Job in Slovakia”
– “Finding a Job Teaching in Slovakia” (not yet published)

Week 20
May 13 – May 19
Milk in Slovakia

“Does This Make America Less Free than Slovakia?”

Week 21
May 20 – May 26
IIHF Championship

“How Slovaks Will Spend the Next Two Weeks – Hokej”
“Photographs: Hockey Statues Around Bratislava”
“The Death of Slovak Hockey – Hockey, fatalism, pessimism”
“Photos from Slovakia May 2012 – Winning the Silver in Hockey”

Week 22
May 27 – June 2
The Day of Open Cellars

“The Blessing of Wines and St. Urban’s Day”
“Other Nuts and Bolts of the St. Urban’s Day of Open Cellars”

Week 23
June 3 – June 9
Maturita / Tablo / Treaty of Trianon

– “The Treaty of Trianon” (not yet published)
– “Tieneman” (not yet published)
“Footnote: Cardaš – The Count From Sesame Street Singing a Cardaš (Csárdás)”
– “In Defense of a Difficult Maturita” (not yet published)

Week 24
June 10 – June 16
School in Nature

– “School in the Nature” (not yet published)
– “Spartakiada” (not yet published)
– “Slovak Honey Bees” (not yet published)

Week 25
June 17 – June 23
Myjava Folk Festival / Slovensky Raj

– “Myjava Folk Festival” (not yet published)
– “The Annual Pilgramage to Slovak Paradise” (not yet published)

Week 26
June 24 – June 30
Jahnske Ohni

“The Fires of St. John – Janske Ohne”

Week 27
July 1 – July 7
Cyril and Metod / 4th of July

– “Cyril and Methodius” (not yet published)
– “July 4 in Slovakia” (not yet published)
– “A Slovak Draws America” (not yet published)

Week 28
July 8 – July 14
The Fat Slovak Hot Dog / Chata Parties

– “The Fat Slovak Hot Dog” (not yet published)

Week 29
July 15 – July 21
The Slovak Poet and Slovak Song

– “Pohoda” (not yet published)
“Mamin Mrezovnik by Milan Rufus”
“All Five Senses in Bratislava – Reduta and the Slovak Philharmonic”
“All Five Senses Part II – Reduta Part II”
“1984 by George Orwell”
– “A Collection of Slovak Folk Songs” (not yet published)

Week 30
July 22 – July 28
Visna Picked – Cherry Season

“Pop a Slovak Cherry Into Your Mouth – The Cherry Harvest”

Week 31
July 29 – August 4

“Why You Should Make Authentic Gulas This Weekend”
“Don’t Stir the Gulas – Natural Food Preservation”

Week 32
August 5 – August 11
The Potato Harvest

“13 Words for the Venerable Potato”

Week 33
August 12 – August 18
Picking Mushrooms

– “Hunting for Mushrooms” (not yet published)
“Mushrooms – A Bohemian Folktale of Their Origins”
“Mushrooms – How Maria Theresa’s Dad Died from a Dish of Poisonous Mushrooms”
“Mushrooms – How the Slavs First Came to Know Mushrooms”
“Mushrooms – How to Kill with a Slovak Mushroom “
“Mushrooms – The English Term “sitting down for some grub” is Related to the Slovak Word for Mushrooms”
“Mushrooms – Slavic Cultures Love Mushrooms. Why Do We Call Them ‘Toadstools’ in English”

Week 34
August 19 – August 25
The Grape Harvest / 21 August 1968 – Warsaw Pact invatsion

– “The Prague Autumn” (not yet published)
“Footnote: Dubcek, Alexander”
– “The Grape Harvest” (not yet published)
– “The Tokaj Harvest” (not yet published)
“The Harvest is In”
“Footnote: Must in English, Mušt in Slovak”
– “Eger” (not yet published)

Week 35
August 26 – September 1
Coronation Bratislava / August 29 – October 28, 1944 – Slovak national uprising

“The Gypsies are Coming”
“A Slovak Charity and a Party They Throw – Cigánsky bašavel”
“Naco pôjdem domov – A Roma (Gypsy) Song in Slovak”
“Slovaks Have Bagpipes Too – Gajdy”
– “Rezbarsky Plener” (not yet published)
– “The Slovak National Uprising” (not yet published)
– “The Coronation Parade in Bratislava” (not yet published)

Week 36
September 2 – September 8
Back to School

“Slovak Public School Kids Go to Catholic Mass on This Day – First Day of School”
“11 Things I Didn’t Expect in America”

Week 37
September 9 – September 15
Making Kysla Kapusta

– “Making Kysla Kapusta” (not yet published)

Week 38
September 16 – September 22
Making Palacinkova Torta / Birthdays in Slovakia

– “Palacinkova Torta”(not yet published)

Week 39
September 23 – September 29
Benovsky’s Birthday – 20th Sept 1746 and other Awesome Slovaks Abroad

– “The Slovak King of Madagascar” (not yet published)
“Footnote: The Hinlicky Rule”
– “Victor Hugo Speaks to the Expatriate”(not yet published)

Week 40
September 30 – October 6
Chopping Wood, Preparing for the Winter

– “Preparing for the Winter” (not yet published)

Week 41
October 7 – October 13
Hiking in the Tatras

“”Why I Prefer Old Slovak Trains to “Better” Western European Trains””
“Safety Advice for Hiking in the High Tatras”

Week 42
October 14 – October 20

“Why’s Everyone Wearing Green Ribbons? – Stužková”
“Footnote: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture”
“Footnote: Elan – Stuzkova Song Video”
“Footnote: Gaudeamus Igitor – The Latin Song at Stuzkova”

Week 43
October 21 – October 27
The Week of the Traveller

“Wayward Son – A Song for Travellers”
– “Vojvodina and the Lowland Slovaks” (Not yet published)
“Review of Lonely Planet’s Czech and Slovak Republics – 4th Edition”
“Why Go to Slovakia? Marek Bennet Responds”
“An Interesting Study on Migration to Slovakia”
“A Place I Want to Visit – Chateau Bela in Southern Slovakia”

Week 44
October 28 – November 3
All Saints Day

“Remembering the Dead in Slovakia – All Saints’ Day”
“A Good Man Has Left Us – Jakoby (23 March 2012)”
“The Lesson Steve Jobs Taught – How a Smaller Government Made the iPhone Possible (9 October 2011)”
“Be Central European for Halloween”
“Haunted Houses, Slovakia, and New York City”
– “The Book” (unpublished)

Week 45
November 4 – November 10
Babia Leto / St. Martin’s Day

– “Babia Leto” (not yet published)
“St. Martin and the Geese”
– “Photos of Husacie Hody” (not yet published)

Week 46
November 11 – November 17
Velvet Revolution

“Where were you 21 years ago today? – November 17, 1989”
“Has America Lost Her Way? The 22nd Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution”
“When Ignoring the U.S. Embassy’s Advice is a Good Policy”
“This is the Day of the Bloodless”
“How to Celebrate the Velvet Revolution”
“Pravda vítazí” – English version of the song
“Pravda vítazí” – Slovak Version of the song
“Kryl – Andel”
“Kryl – Bratrícku, zavírej vrátka”
– “How Have Slovaks Done These Last 23 Years Since The Velvet Revolution?” (not yet published)
“Footnote: Jachymov”
“Uranium Mines”
“Podpultovy Tovar / Under-the-Counter Goods”

Week 47
November 18 – November 24
International Film Festival

“A Slovak Gem – Unknown to Most – IFF Bratislava”

Week 48
November 25 – December 1
Thanksgiving / Christmas Market Opens

“Make one of these treats with a loved one this weekend – Christmas Market”
“On Thanksgiving I’ll Be Enjoying Sweet Potatoes – Sweet Potatoes”
– “Blekfrajdejuješ?” (not yet published)

Week 49
December 2 – December 8
Slovaks Learn to Ballroom Dance Young – Vencek /Mikulas (Dec 6)

“Slovaks Learn to Ballroom Dance Young – Vencek”
“Footnote: Dom Kultury”
– “Mikulas” (not yet published)

Week 50
December 9 – December 15
Pig Killing and Lucia

“68 Steps to Killing a Pig – Zabijacka”
– Finding a Husband on St. Lucia’s Day (not yet published)

Week 51
December 16 – December 22

“Where Can I Buy Oblatky in the U.S.? – Oblatky / Oplatky”
“A Kapustnica Recipe – Cabbage Stewed with Smoked Meats and Wild Mushrooms”
“Carp – A Slovak Christmas Tradition – Kapor”
“Exit Havel, Stage Left”
“Vaclav Havel Defines Hope”

Week 52
December 23 – December 31
Carp / Exit Havel / Gypsies Pounding on Your Door

“A Slovak Christmas Compendium”
“A Random Collection of Slovak Christmas Traditions circa 2010 – Christmas in Slovakia”
“A Christmas Gift to My Readers – A 12 Days of Slovak Christmas Video”
“The Christmas Market Has Come to An End – 11 Months And Counting & A Video to Help Hold You Over”
“Christmas Postcard from Bratislava – A Place of Solitude”
“A Year Without Havel, A Generation Without Czechoslovakia”


Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time travelling 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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