Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Homeland Thanksgiving Day is a state holiday that’s observed annually on the 5th of August. This is a day that commemorates the liberation of Knin in 1995. This victory ended the Republic of Serbian Krajina that had been a Serb territory in Croatia.

Shortly after this event, the War of Independence ended on November 12gth and the Erdut agreement was drawn up between the Republic of Croatia and the local Serb authorities of Baranja, Eastern Slavonia, and Western Syrmia. On this day, most of the celebrations are held in the city of Knin, but there are wreath-laying ceremonies and other events held across Croatia.

The History Of Homeland Thanksgiving Day

During Operation Storm, the Croatian Army seized the city of Knin from Serbian Forces on August 5th, 1995. This victory would end the Republic of Serbian Krajina. This day has been a holiday ever since, especially in the city of Knin. This holiday is also known as “Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i Dan hrvatskih branitelja” or Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders.

Interesting Facts About Knin

Below are a few of the facts that we learned about Knin while we were researching Homeland Thanksgiving Day.

  • In the 9th century, a monastery dedicated to Saint Bartholomew was built in Knin.
  • Knin is known as the City of Kings.
  • This city has a population of approximately 11,000 people.

Observing Homeland Thanksgiving Day

In the city of Knin, thousands of people gather to watch the events that unfold on this day. One of the main events is a parade that travels down the busy streets. Another event that occurs on this day is the flying of the national flag of Croatia. This flag is hoisted at the Knin Fortress that is located on Dinara Mountain near the river of Krka.

Where is it celebrated?
Croatia (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 5 Saturday
Next year (2024)
August 5 Monday
Last year (2022)
August 5 Friday