Croatian Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving
When is Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day?
August 5 is Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day in Croatia. It commemorates the liberation of Knin in 1995 and honours soldiers who defended their homeland. The day celebrates Croatian resilience, unity, and patriotism.
History of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
August 5, 1995, marks when the Croatian Army took control of Knin from Serbian forces, ending the Republic of Serbian Krajina's existence as a Serb territory in Croatia. This event was a crucial moment in the War of Independence and shifted the momentum in favour of the Croatian forces.
The Erdut agreement, signed on November 12, 1995, marked the end of the War of Independence in Croatia's Eastern Slavonia, Baranja, and Western Syrmia region. It paved the way for peaceful reintegration, bringing a fresh start after years of conflict.
How do you celebrate Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day?
In Knin, the medieval fortress hosts solemn events to remember and honour those who lost their lives during conflicts. These events include a touching mass, a reverent wreath-laying ceremony, a dignified parade, and a ceremonial flag-hoisting. It is commendable how committed the city is to honouring and remembering those who sacrificed for their country.
Since 2002, this day has been a public holiday in Croatia. In 2008, the Parliament assigned the name 'Day of the Croatian Defenders' to the holiday.