Statehood Day (Slovenia)

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Statehood Day
Official name Slovene: Dan državnosti
Observed by Slovenia
Date 25 June
Next time 25 June 2015 (2015-06-25)
Frequency annual

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 June 25 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.

Statehood Day is not to be confused with Slovenia's Independence and Unity Day, which is celebrated each year on December 26 in honour of the 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 June 25. However, Croatia celebrates Independence Day on a different day, October 8.

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  1. ^ Race, Helena (2005). "Dan prej" - 26. junij 1991: diplomsko delo ["A Day Before" – 26 June 1991: Diploma Thesis] (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. ^ a b "Independence Day and 10th Anniversary of the Plebiscite". 2000-12-26. Retrieved 2006-06-25. [dead link]

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