November 25 – Statehood Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted on November 25, 2015

With Bosnia and Herzegovina's complicated and all-too-often violent history, it's difficult to agree on a certain day to celebrate the nation as a nation. That said, many regions in the nation celebrate November 25 as a sort of National Day.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the six nations that came into being when Yugoslavia ceased to exist, in 1992.

If you think that this country's name is long and difficult to pronounce, wait until I tell you that it is actually made up to two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska (which, frankly, doesn't have enough vowels in its name), plus a self-governing administrative unit called the Brcko District (also too few vowels)!

Yellow - Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Orange - Republika Srpska
Pale green - Brcko District

The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word bosana, which means water. So let's check out some of the more beautiful of the watery sights to see in the nation:

Stari Most

This popular bridge stood for more than four centuries but was destroyed by Croat forces in 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak War.

Well, that won't do! The bridge was one of the country's most recognizable landmarks and was considered a great example of Islamic architecture. So the bridge was reconstructed and reopened in 2004.

This bridge is a popular spot for bridge jumping and bridge diving.
(This is a composite photo of one tourist jumping off the bridge!)

Rama Lake

Prokosko Lake

Boracko Lake

Vrelo Bune (Buna Springs)

Trebizat River

Pliva Waterfall and watermills

Skakavac Waterfalls

From what I can tell, there is a series of falls and
cascades in Skakavac. Not a TON of water flow...

...which makes the falls a great place for "base jumping"
in summer, and a gorgeous frozen display in winter.

Strbacki Waterfalls

Kravice Waterfalls

Also on this date:

Blasé Day  

Evacuation Day

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