Croatia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the historic day in 1991 when the parliament decided to leave Yugoslavia and declare its independence.
Croatia is celebrating its Statehood day on June 25, 2016, to honour the event which took place on June 25, 1991, when the Croatian parliament adopted the decision to proclaim its independence from Yugoslavia, based on the will of the people shown on a referendum on May 19, 1991.
And just in case you were wondering, this holiday is not to be confused with Croatia’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on October 8. The independence was proclaimed on 25 June, but because of the Brioni Agreement, a three-month moratorium was placed on the implementation of the decision and the Parliament cut all remaining ties with Yugoslavia in October.
Technical Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, Speaker of parliament Željko Reiner and Anamarija Kirinic, the representative of the President of the Republic of Croatia, commemorated the day with a visit to the Homeland Altair on Medvedgrad. Other activities which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Croatia’s statehood include a celebratory session of the Croatian Parliament which will commence at noon while the President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will hold her annual reception in Pantovcak at 6:30 PM.