Today is a very special day. Why is it so special and why everybody in the Czech Republic and Slovakia makes such a big deal of that? We will give you a brief summary of what actually happened in the past.
It's been 100 years since the First Czechoslovak Republic was established. On this day, 28th October, Czechoslovakia was proclaimed as an independent state by the Czechoslovak National Council after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This council was founded by a few significant persons of our history - Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Milan Rastislav Štefánik or Edvard Beneš for instance. It was all truly an amazing occurrence, anyway, it was all not that simple. The republic consisted of Bohemia, Moravia, Czech Silesia, Slovakia and Subcarpathian Ruthenia. As you can see, there were of many territories with a different cultural background - it mostly contained Czechs and Slovaks, but also some other nationalities. There were also many political negotiations before this all could actually happen.
Anyway, there is definitely one name which has been already mentioned but you definitely have to remember it. It is one and only Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, who also became the very first president of Czechoslovakia. To this day, he is being considered as one of the greatest Czech personalities and his name is important for all of the Czech and Slovak people.
As we know, today the Czechoslovak Republic no longer exists. Its independence lasted only till 1938 when Nazi Germans' occupation started. And after the World War II., it was never the same. In 1948 we became a satellite of the Soviet Union and were named as the Czechoslovakian Socialist Republic. This period lasted until 1990 when the Communist role lost its power.
As you can see, Czechs and Slovaks spent a lot of time together and made a strong bond between each other. And now, after almost 30 years from the definitive separation, some of us even don't see the difference between one and the other. We share many TV shows, movies, people cross the border like there is none. In some way, we are still connected. We are truly brothers, aren't we?