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[01.01.2017 7:46 UTC] Daniela Lazarová
Thousands of Czechs and Slovaks celebrate arrival of New Year together

Several thousand Czechs and Slovaks traditionally celebrated the arrival of the New Year together at Velka Javorina in the Carpathian mountain range on the Czech-Slovak border. The tradition started in 1992 in protest against the planned division of the country. This time the New Year celebrations were attended by a record five thousand people. They exchanged news, enjoyed a feast of roasted meat and plum brandy and ended the event by singing the Czechoslovak national anthem. People have lived here together for centuries, we belong together, we need one another, the fact that politicians have drawn a border here makes no difference, Martin Beňatinský, mayor of Lubina,a small village on the Slovak side of the border, told news site Novinky.cz.