Statehood Day in Montenegro
Statehood Day is a public holiday that’s observed on July 13th annually in Montenegro. This holiday commemorates the day when Montenegro was recognized as the 27th independent state in the world by the 1878 Berlin Congress. Also known as Montenegro Sovereignty Day, this holiday is the National Day of the country and is observed with a fair amount of enthusiasm each year.
However, it’s important to note that this holiday isn’t Montenegro’s Independence Day, which is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 21st of May and commemorates the 2006 plebiscite that made Montenegro a sovereign nation.
The History Of Statehood Day In Montenegro
Montenegro was originally a semi-autonomous state within the larger Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Then a number of rebellions began the country on the road to independence and away from Turkish control. Eventually, Montenegro would gain its independence on July 13th, 1878 under the Treaty of Berlin.
Montenegro not only became the 27th independent state in the world and was ruled by Nicholas I. In 1910, it became a kingdom for a brief period of time before it unified with Serbia in 1918. It would then become a part of Yugoslavia. Eventually, Montenegro would achieve full independence in 2006.
Observing Statehood Day In Montenegro
As is the case with many public holidays observed in Montenegro, this holiday takes place over a two-day period. During this period, people participate in parades and fairs, enjoy some local music, and listen to speeches delivered by eager civic leaders and politicians. It’s also a day for people to enjoy some of the delicious dishes offered in the country.
Dishes include Black Risotto, Njeguski Steak, and Lamb in Milk. Other popular dishes in Montenegro cuisine that are enjoyed on this day include Potato Moussaka & Minced Meat, Sauerkraut Rolls, and Meatballs.