Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Croatia Public Holiday in Croatia

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When is it?

This state holiday is always celebrated on 5 August.

The full ttitle of the holiday is 'Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders'. In Croatian, it is known as 'Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i dan hrvatskih branitelja'.

The holiday commemorates the War of Independence.

History of the holiday

On 5 August 1995, the Croatian Army took the city of Knin from Serbian forces in a military offensive known as Operation Storm.

The victory at Knin brought an end to the Republic of Serbian Krajina, which had been a Serb territory in Croatia.

The War of Independence ended on 12 November 1995 with the Erdut agreement between the authorities of the Republic of Croatia and the local Serb authorities of the Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia region.

How is it celebrated?

Knin is the focus of the celebrations marking the event. Mass is followed by the laying of wreaths in honour of those who lost their lives during the conflict. Thousands gather in the streets to watch a parade and the nation glag of Croatia is ceremonially hoisted at the medieval fortress overlooking Knin.

In 2008, the Parliament assigned the name 'Day of the Croatian Defenders' to the holiday.

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