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Croatia celebrating Statehood Day today

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Croatia celebrates Statehood Day today

ZAGREB, 30 May 2021 – Croatia is celebrating Statehood Day today for the 30th time since declaring independence from Yugoslavia.

On 25 June 1991, the Croatian Parliament adopted its historical decision on starting the process of separation from other former Yugoslav republics.

This decision was preceded by a referendum held on 19 May 1991, where 94 percent of the citizens decided Croatia was not to remain in Yugoslavia but was to achieve independence. 

That act marked the beginning of the process of gaining independence, which is why it is considered a watershed in the country’s recent history.

Statehood Day is being celebrated for the second year on 30 May after 17 years of it being marked in June. In 2002, the Croatian government moved the Statehood Day to 25 June, and 30 May was marked as a minor holiday. 

On 14 November 2019, the Croatian Parliament adopted a new law on holidays and moved the Statehood Day back to 30 May.

The Croatian state leadership on Sunday will lay wreaths at the common grave of unidentified victims of the 1991-95 Homeland War, the Wall of Pain monument and the monument commemorating fallen Homeland War soldiers.

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