Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic has said that marking and celebrating January 9, Republika Srpska Day, is of extreme importance since this is a date when Republika Srpska was created.
“There is only one birthday and I feel that citizens and institutions have the right to mark it this way, solemnly, with many guests and events, with many messages of peace and love,” Cvijanovic said after a reception held on the occasion of Republika Srpska Day today in Banjaluka.
She feels that this is a great day and that citizens all over Republika Srpska recognised it.
“We had an opportunity to see some new contents in the celebration of Republika Srpska Day. It is important that institutions and citizens wanted to send this message of peace and cooperation, which we wish to Republika Srpska but also to those in the region,” Cvijanovic has said.
Commenting on the fact that even though Republika Srpska Day is a secular holiday, Republika Srpska officials this morning attended a Holy Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness the Patriarch of the Serbs, Irinej, Cvijanovic has said that everyone can by their free will go to church and mark Republika Srpska Day.
“Republika Srpska officials and politicians and our citizens felt this way. Republika Srpska Day is a secular holiday, but no one can be deprived of the right to mark it this way,” Cvijanovic has said.
She has said that this should not provoke or insult anyone.
“If we would see thing this way in this and some other countries, then many things should not happen in the other entity, but they happen without any reaction from Republika Srpska since we decided not to react. We feel that it is not even polite to react to some things,” Cvijanovic said.
She has said that this is a solemn day in which everything passed with dignity, from the arrival of officials to church to a protocol and parade which was organised for the first time.
“These are the beginnings. Next year this will be more beautiful and better and some new contents will be introduced every year,” Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic has said.