Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs Date in the current year: June 25, 2016

Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs is annually observed on June 25. Although this holiday is aimed to unite people from different Slavic countries, it's mainly observed in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

The total quantity of the Slavs is about 300-350 million people, they inhabit Eastern and Central Europe and Eastern Asia, but major diaspora also exists in the countries of Western Europe, Transcaucasia, Central Asia and America.

The Slavs make up a large part of the population of many countries: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Transnistria (has the status of an unrecognized state).

Day of Friendship and Unity of the Slavs originated in the 1990s after collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Establishment of new independent states resulted in need of development of friendly relations between the Slavs. Celebration of this holiday is aimed to remind the Slavic peoples about their common historic and cultural roots and encourage preservation of their centuries-old ties with each other.

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Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Croatia


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