Croatia Celebrates Statehood Day!

Today, throughout the Republic of Croatia, Statehood Day is being celebrated – a day marking the historic constitutional decision made by the Croatian Parliament in 1991, declaring the independence and sovereignty of our beautiful country, establishing it as an independent and sovereign state.

Until 2001, Statehood Day was observed on May 30th each year, in remembrance of the inaugural session of the first multiparty Parliament in 1990. During the constitution of the new Parliament of the Socialist Republic of Croatia, numerous guests from Croatia and the Croatian diaspora, as well as representatives of religious communities, were present as elected representatives chose Žarko Domljan as the Parliament President, and Ivica Percan, Stjepan Sulimanac, and Vladimir Šeks as Vice Presidents.

From the enactment of the Amendments to the Law on Holidays, Memorial Days, and Non-Working Days in the Republic of Croatia in 2001 until 2020, this day was celebrated as the Croatian Parliament Day. However, with the introduction of the new Law on Holidays, Memorial Days, and Non-Working Days in the Republic of Croatia in November 2019, effective from January 1st, 2020, May 30th once again, as it did before 2001, is recognized as the Statehood Day of the Republic of Croatia.