Holice (Hungarian: Gelle) is located 38 km’s south from Bratislava in the south-west region of Slovakia. Its population (according to the 2011 census) was 1897, out of what 90% of the population declared themselves as Hungarian and 90% roman catholic.
The territory of the municipality is 2 320 hectares (5 733 acres) at an average altitude of 120 meters above sea level. The municipality consists of eight previously independent villages: Beketfa, Cséfalva, Csentőfa, Egyházgelle, Kisbudafa, Nagybudafa, Pósfa, Ógelle in Hungarian or Beketfa, Čechová, Čentöfa, Kostolná Gala, Malá Budafa, Veľká Budafa, Pósfa, Ógelle in Slovak.
The reason for the Hungarian titles of the villages, as well as the fact that more than 90% of the population identifies themselves as Hungarian has its roots in the history. The region where Holice is located has been inhabited by Hungarian since the 10th century and it became part of Czechoslovakia only in 1918 (after Word War II). The first written mentions of the villages are dated: Beketfa 1423 | Cséfalva 1349 | Csentőfa 1345 | Egyházgelle 1245 | Kisbudafa 1786 | Nagybudafa 1251 | Ógelle 1496 | Pósfa 1416.
Kostolná Gala (Hungarian: Egyházgelle) was always perceived as the centre village and throughout its history the municipality had held special rights in the region. Since the days of Saint Stephen I it was known as “Sedes Gelle” (Latin) or “Districtus Gelle” (Latin).
Our community is proud of its roots, culture and history and with the support of the mayor’s office, the council and numerous civic associations we continuously work together to preserve and develop it.