Bosnia and Herzegovina Statehood Day

Statehood Day is a public holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina which is accepted as the National Day.

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Sarajevo, 25 November 2021 (TDI): Statehood Day, which is celebrated in Bosnia and Herzegovina every November 25, is a public holiday. While they often refer to this day as the National Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Though technically, it is a regional holiday in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is one of the two confederal entities. This holiday marks the anniversary of the day when Bosnia and Herzegovina became sovereign in 1943, re-established by the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia.

History of Statehood Day

The Kingdom of Yugoslavia fell under German control during the Second World War. It split the control among Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Bulgaria.

The Communist Party of Yugoslavia led the Partisan resistance to the occupiers who mobilized support across the country. Josip Broz Tito created the Anti-Fascist Coalition for National Liberation of Yugoslavia in November 1942.

The first session of the State Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Bosnia and Herzegovina met in Mrkonjic Grad between November 25th and 26, 1943.

This is the highest level of representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They elected their representatives to take part in the Second Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia in the Bosnian town of Jajce.

This council meeting took place on November 29th. It decided how Yugoslavia will function after the war. The right to self-determination of the people, which includes Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Montenegrins, and Macedonians, would be the basis of federal Yugoslavia and would live in six constituent republics with equal rights. The council declared Bosnia-Herzegovina to be equal communities of Muslims (Bosniaks), Serbs, or Croats.

The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Labor and Social Policy informs the general population that the Law on the Proclamation of the 25 November as the Statehood Day of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declares the Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina a national holiday that prohibits state bodies, legal entities, and enterprises from working on the day.

Accordingly, November 25–Statehood Day of Bosnia and Herzegovina is celebrated as a national holiday for only one day on the day of the national holiday and will be a non-working day.



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