Ruthenians in Croatia Mark Their Day

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The president of the Alliance of Ruthenians of Croatia, Dubravka Rašanin, said Ruthenians in Croatia should be proud of, happy about and grateful for everything they had, a rich tradition of folk dances, a language and names.

“I think future generations of Ruthenians will recognise that too and continue on our tracks so as not to lose their national identity,” she said, adding that Croatia has a Ruthenian population of 1,936, of whom 1,475 live in Vukovar-Srijem County.

Rašanin said the first Ruthenians arrived there in 1831, establishing a Greek Catholic parish in Petrovci in 1836.

“The first census-taking of Ruthenians began on 25 May 1836 and we chose that day to be the Day of Ruthenians in Croatia,” she said.

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