Google Doodle today marks the celebration of Serbia National Day. In Serbia’s native language it is Dan državnosti Srbije. The other name for Serbia National Day is Statehood Day or Sovereignty Day. There are special occasions on this day. The first one is that in the year 1804, Dorde Petrovic aka Karadjordje led an uprising. It was the revolution against the turkey’s Ottoman Empire. The second occasion is the adoption of the Sretenje Constitution. Finally, it was one of the countries in the whole of Europe to adopt a democratic system of Government.

Serbia National Day

 

 

Serbia National Day celebration prolongs for two whole days. This day also coincides with the Eastern Orthodox holiday of Candlemas. Celebrations will begin with the church service and also memorial to those who made sacrifices for the Independence of Serbia. Leaders lay a wreath and speak in the memorial of Karadjordje. The entire country celebrates with concerts and plays, as well as receptions. Serbia’s Royal Family host the function. Function includes eating of the national dish which is slivovica (plum brandy) and traditional fare like cevapi, a hearty meal of minced meat. Read more on the Google Doodle page.

Serbia National Day – History:

During the mid 15th century, almost every part of modern Serbia was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. The other parts of modern Serbia were under the rule of Austrians and the Hapsburgs. In January 1804, Serbia was under the control of the Dahijas, a renegade section of elite Ottoman troops. Fearing control would be taken back by the Ottoman’s, they executed 70 Serb nobles in an event called the ‘Slaughter of the Dukes’. See also: The Srilanka National Day.

Eventually, this event triggered the first Serbian uprising which began on 14 February. Initially, the uprising was supported by the Sultan of the Ottomans, but their demands for greater autonomy for Serbia led to military suppression by the Ottomans. The Serbians defended themselves against these attacks and by 1805 had formed a government. In 1813, after the end of the Russo-Turkish war, the Ottoman turned its focus back to Serbia, retaking the country.

A second uprising took place between 1815 – 1817, with the result that Serbia became a Principality. On 15 February 1835, the Principality of Serbia adopted the first Constitution in the Balkan region. In addition, it established a Serbian Parliament, with a royal dynasty and abolished feudalism and serfdom.

Serbia National Day – Things of National Importance:

Do you have a love for Raspberries? Those raspberries you’re eating are Serbian! Serbia has been topping the global raspberry export list for several years now. In 2012, almost 95% of the world’s raspberries came from this country. The year is the name of a river in Serbia. It is its nickname. The true name of the river is  Vrelo. This river is exactly 365 meters long. See also: The Indian Republic Day.

Serbia has a village made entirely out of stone. The stone village of Gostuša, located on the slopes of mt. Stara Planina is the most unusual village in Serbia with houses built exclusively out of stone, mud and natural materials. Time hasn’t damaged them so people still live in them. The Vinatovača rainforest is a special nature reserve with beech trees over 350 years old. In it lumbering is prohibited, picking plants is forbidden and moving of fallen trees. A magical place untouched by human interference.

 

Serbia National Day – Rocks and Birds:

In the south of Serbia, near the town of Kuršumlija, lies one of the 8 Serbian Wonders of Nature – the Devil’s Town. Đavolja varoš has 202 peculiar rock towers created by soil erosion. Serbia has many impressive natural attractions such as the Prerasts of Vratna, Europe’s tallest stone gates. There are 3 of them – the Dry Prerast, the Big Prerast, and the Little Prerast which, being 34 meters high, 30 meters long, and 15 meters wide, is actually the tallest one.

 

There’s also the mystery of the Povlen globes whose origin is still under debate. While some claim these huge stone globes scattered on the Povlen hillside are a wonder of nature and that they have healing and miraculous powers. Many others claim that they were the creation of aliens. The scientists say are a result of volcanic activity. The “Blooming of the Tisza river” is a phenomenon in Serbia, near Kanjiža. Every year in June a unique, romantic and melancholic dance of life and death takes place on the Tisza river as an insect called Palingenia longicauda performs a 3-hour-long wedding dance to the amazement of spectators.

Wow, what a Nation! There are so many to see and admire about!!

Long Live Serbia! Happy Serbia National Day to all the Serbians!!!!

 

 

 

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