Croatia, Mozambique and Slovenia all celebrate independence with various statehood and Independence Day celebrations today, 25 June 2012. It’s interesting to note although Croatia, Mozambique and Slovenia celebrate statehood day every June 25th, each observes Independence Day on a different date.
Croatia began celebrating statehood day May 19, 1991 in recognition of the separation of the Republic of Croatia from Yugoslavia. In 2002, the date was changed to June 25th with continued observance as a non-employment, non-business day. The day begins similar to America’s observance of Memorial Day when military personnel are honoured and graves of the fallen are decorated with flags. The formal celebration opens with addresses by dignitaries and officials in Zagreb’s main square. Less formal celebrations in Dubrovnik include sun and fun on the beaches. Croatia observes Independence Day on October 8th.
For Mozambique, statehood day celebrates freedom from Portuguese rule in 1975. The main celebration occurs in Maputo. While American independence parades include military and Croatian parades are comprised totally of military troops, parades are not part of celebrations in Mozambique or Slovenia. Mozambique’s day officially opens with a presidential address followed by a fashion show and culminating with professional dance presentations.
With formal Independence Day occurring on December 26th for Slovenia, statehood day (on 25 June) celebrations carry a marked distinction. In recognition of freedom from Yugoslavia, in 1991, observance takes place in Ljubljana. All citizens are expected to display a dignified, but solemn attitude while listening to speeches reflective of honour, courage and victory.