Statehood day (Sretenje) is a holiday which marks two significant historical dates which are important for the cultural-historical and national identity of Serbs.
Serbia is marking Sretenje – the Statehood day, today and tomorrow, in memory of February 15, 1804, when the First Serbian Uprising began and when the first Serbian Constitution was proclaimed in 1835. Sretenje is a national holiday marking two significant historical dates relevant to the cultural, historical and national identity of the Serbs.
The ceremony of the Statehood day began with the anthem “Boze Pravde”. The president of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic presented decorations to the deserving individuals and institutions.
– On this day 215 years ago, they went to fight for freedom, on a difficult road for freedom and peace, for better and more modern Serbia. In that 1835, we have managed to create a modern and legal state. On this road, Serbia is even today. Central values are the same, freedom, peace, and equality, and above all, love for Serbia. We need Karadjordje’s bravery and Milos’ wisdom and brave head – said the president in the address before the award ceremony.
Својим радом неизмерно сте допринели да Србија остане привржена њеним вредностима, да буде боља, успешнија, срећнија и модернија. Награде су захвалност за ваша дела али и велика обавеза. pic.twitter.com/IpZQZiVz7t
— Александар Вучић (@predsednikrs) February 15, 2019
Sretenje is a national holiday marking two significant historical dates relevant to the cultural, historical and national identity of the Serbs.
On that day in 1804, the Serbian rebels, led by Djordje Petrovic-Karadjordje, decided to launch the First Serbian Uprising at the Assembly in Orasac.
The rebel meeting, held in Orasac, marks the beginning of the restoration of Serbian statehood after the Ottoman rule of several centuries.
In the next few years, the rebellious army, led by Karadjordje, defeated the Ottoman forces and liberated almost the whole territory of the Belgrade Pashalik at famous battles with Ivankovac, Deligrad, Misar, Belgrade and other places.
This is what started the Serbian liberation fight against the Ottoman authorities and the process of creating their new-born state.
Also, on February 15, 1835, the Sretenje Constitution, the first constitution of Serbia and one of the most democratic and most liberal of that time, was adopted in Kragujevac.
The day before the celebration of the Statehood Day, honorary artillery fire was carried out in Belgrade, on the Sava Terrace in Kalemegdan.