Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) Date in the current year: June 28, 2023

Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) is one of the important religious holidays for the Serbs. It's annually observed on June 28, according to the Julian Calendar used by the Serbian Orthodox Church.

There are no reliable facts about existence of Saint Vitus. According to Christian legend, Vitus was the son of Roman senator from Sicily. He converted to Christianity under influence of his mentor. Satin Vitus died as a martyr during the persecution of Christians by Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian.

St. Vitus is one of the most respected saints in Serbia. His feast day is called Vidovan. Observation of this feast is connected with the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. According to the Serbian Orthodox tradition, the Serbian national identity was founded on the day, when the Ottoman Empire defeated Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo and slew prince Lazar. Ruling sultan of the Ottoman Empire was killed on the same day by Serbian knight Miloš Obilić.

Serbs consider Vidovdan a very important day, that is why many historic events in Serbia took place on June 28, for instance, signing of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), proclamation of Serbian constitution (1921), Slobodan Milošević's deportation to the International Criminal Tribunal etc.

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