Croatia Independence Day

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AKA NameDan neovisnosti
Hashtags#GrowingUpCroatian
2019 Date8 October 2019
2020 Date8 October 2020
Croatia Independence Day

Croatia Independence Day History

Croatian Independence Day celebrates the nation's official independence from the other Yugoslav republics. On June 25, Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia however following both Croatia's and Slovenia's declarations of independence, a three month waiting period, called the Brioni Declaration, was put into place in order to discuss matters with Yugoslavia. Finally, on 8 October 1991, Croatia dissolved all state and legal ties with the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Croatian Independence Day is celebrated annually on 8 October in order to mark the official day that it split from Yugoslavia. The dissolution was finalised in the INA building and not in its usual Saint Marcus Square building since the centre of Zagreb had been attacked the day before. Independence Day was first celebrated in 2002.

Croatia Independence Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 2003, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ceased to exist and its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro, were renamed to State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. Finally, in June 2006, Montenegro and Serbia declared independence and Yugoslavia was no more.
  • The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia came into existence during World War II. It comprised what are today Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. It also included the autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina.
  • Prior to joining Yugoslavia, Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until it collapsed after the First World War.
  • After Yugoslav President Tito's death, the Yugoslav Republics began internal conflicts over reformation and reorganisation policies that were not supported by all republics.
  • War has been imposed on us and we have to act according to the laws of war - Franjo Tudjman, Croatia’s first president (on the morning of 8 October 1991)

Croatia Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the military parade in Zagreb. The day is about patriotism and pride so be sure to wear your red, blue and white and carry a Croatian flag.
  • Read a book that details the creation and end of the former Yugoslavia. Some of our suggestions: Constructing Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, The Fall of Yugoslavia and Tito and the Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia.
  • Indulge in traditional Croatian dishes to celebrate the day. Some of our favourites are: Ajvar, Brodet, Burek, Buzara and Cevapcici.
  • Spread awareness for the day on social media using hashtags such as #CroatianIndependence, #FreefromYugoslavia and #IndependentCroatia.
  • Attend the official firework celebrations in a larger city in Croatia. Throw a barbeque and mini party with your friends prior to gathering for the fireworks.

Croatia Independence Day References and Related Sites

Independence Day
Croatia's Independence
Independence Croatia

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