August 5 – A Special Day in Croatia

Posted on August 5, 2016

Rarely have I see such a huge name for a holiday: today Croatia celebrates “Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders.”

You might think it's just a translation problem. Surely the holiday has a shorter name in Croatian, right?

Ummm, not so much: Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i Dan hrvatskih branitelja.

The holiday celebrates the military action called Operation Storm; this victory gained independence for Croatia in 1995. It's commonly celebrated with the laying of wreaths on graves, parades, concerts, a flag raising at the Knin fortress.

Wonderful Croatia!

I have written about wonderful things in Croatia before,  but here are a few more things to rave about:

  • The medieval hilltop towns of Istria 

  • The pointed finger of sand on Zlatni Rat Beach

  • Roman ruins all over the place, including the port city of Pula

  • The caves of the island of Vis

  • I've been craving to go see Plitvice Lakes National Park for a long time now...  

...but Krka National Park is really gorgeous, too!

Also on this date:

Satchmo Days (August 5 - 7)

Anniversary of the banning of “Monster Mash”

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