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Croatia Marks Statehood Day

Croatia141Croatia marks Statehood Day today with a public holiday throughout the country…

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. The 25th of June is therefore celebrated as the Croatian Statehood Day.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović will lay wreaths at a monument today (Oltar domovine) in Zagreb for those that died in the homeland war.

Oltar domovine

Oltar domovine

There will be a number of events around the country today to commemorate the day, including a free public concert at Bundek park in the capital Zagreb where some prominent names on the Croatian music scene, including Oliver Dragojević, Parni Valjak, Gabu Novak and Prljavo kazalište, will join the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra for a night of celebration and entertainment.

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