Statehood Day (Slovenia)

Statehood Day (Slovene: Dan državnosti) is a holiday that occurs on every 25 June in Slovenia to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Although the formal declaration of independence did not come until 26 June 1991, Statehood Day is considered to be 25 June since that was the date on which the initial acts regarding independence were passed and Slovenia became independent.[1][2][3] Slovenia's declaration jumpstarted the Ten-Day War with Yugoslavia, which it eventually won.[4][5]

Statehood Day
Official nameSlovene: Dan državnosti
Observed bySlovenia
Date25 June
Next time25 June 2020 (2020-06-25)

Statehood Day is not to be confused with Slovenia's Independence and Unity Day, which is celebrated each year on 26 December in honour of 26 December 1990 official proclamation of the results of the plebiscite in which 88.5% of all Slovenian voters were in favor of Slovenia becoming a sovereign nation.[3]

Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia at the same time, and also celebrates its Statehood Day on 25 June. However, Croatia celebrates Independence Day on a different day, 8 October.[6]

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Notes and references

  1. Race, Helena (2005). "Dan prej" – 26. junij 1991: diplomsko delo ["A Day Before" – 26 June 1991: Diploma Thesis] (PDF) (in Slovenian). Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  2. Janko Prunk (2001). "Path to Slovene State". Public Relations and Media Office, Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  3. "Independence Day and 10th Anniversary of the Plebiscite". 26 December 2000. Archived from the original on 20 September 2005. Retrieved 25 June 2006.
  4. Klemenčič, Matjaž; Žagar, Mitja (2004). "Democratization in the Beginning of the 1990s". The Former Yugoslavia's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook. ABC-CLIO. pp. 297–298. ISBN 978-1-57607-294-3.
  5. Lukic, Rénéo; Lynch, Allen (1996). "The Wars of Yugoslav Succession, 1941–95". Europe from the Balkans to the Urals: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. Oxford University Press. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-19-829200-5.
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