Independence Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina Date in the current year: March 1, 2016

Independence Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina March 1 is Independence Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This national holiday was established in 1995 and celebrated for the first time in the same year.

Between February 29 and March 1 1992 a special referendum was held on independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The referendum question was whether the citizens were in favor of a sovereign and independent Bosnia-Herzegovina, where nations of Muslims, Serbs, Croats and others were equal. Bosniak and Bosnian Croat voters supported the referendum, while Serbs largely boycotted it. In total absolute majority of the voting-age population of Yugoslav Bosnian SR voted for the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The results of the referendum were accepted on March 6 by the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On February 28, 1995 the parliament designated March 1 to be a national holiday, and it was celebrated for the first time. European community recognized independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 7, 1995.

Independence Day is celebrated only in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Republika Srpska boycotts the holiday. It celebrates its own holiday, Republic Day, on January 9.

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