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Croatia celebrates Independence Day today the 8th of October

Written by  Oct 08, 2017

Today, the 8th of October, is a national public holiday Croatian Independence Day. It marks a decision made by the Croatian parliament on the 8th of October 1991 to end relations from Yugoslavia and to terminate legal and state ties with the country. Independence Day was made an official public holiday in 2001 and was celebrated for the first time in 2002.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović congratulated citizens with this message.

“To all Croatians and Croatian citizens in the Homeland and throughout the world, sincere congratulations on Independence Day of the Republic of Croatia. Among the momentous dates in our history, the 8th of October is cherished as the day when the final and irrevocable decision on the independence of the Republic of Croatia became effective. This historical goal was achieved after long centuries of fighting for survival and freedom. Therefore, with gratitude today we recall all those throughout history whose sacrifice in labour and lives contributed to the achievement of this aim. Today, as an independent state which is a full-fledged member of the international community and the European Union, we have all the formal preconditions for our nation and society to develop freely and be affirmed in the world. But the real force of our state lies within us, in our community and self-confidence, in our youth and our faith in the future. I am confident that we will reach all the developmental goals we are striving for. I believe in the future of our independent Croatia.”

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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