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Czech Statehood Day – September 28

Since 2000, the Czech Republic has celebrated September 28 as Czech Statehood Day, commemorating the year 935, when the Duke of Bohemia Wenceslaus was assassinated and became a symbol of the Czech statehood and one of the country's patrons.

The tradition of St. Wenceslaus played an important role in Czech national history. Since the end of the 10th century, Duke Wenceslaus was presented as the defender of the sovereignty of the Czech state and the protector of the nation; after his martyrdom in 935, he was declared a saint, and the legend of his life and death also strengthened the international prestige of the Czech land. Wenceslaus's name has always been invoked in good times as well as bad times. Wenceslaus was the initiator in the founding of the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague; there are important objects commemorating him, such as the statue of St. Wenceslaus on Wenceslaus Square. Around it Czech history evolves: it was the place where  the first great demonstrations for freedom took place and where the Velvet Revolution of 1989 started.

In honour of Czech Statehood Day and the centenary of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Latvia, a festive event "Czechia – Latvia: Beyond 100" will take place on September 30 at the National Library of Latvia, during whicha scientific conference will be held on the topic of mutual relations of the last hundred years and even earlier, returning to the history of the Unity of Brothers in Latvia, and an exhibition "The Legacy of J.A. Comenius to the World" will be opened.