STATEHOOD DAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA 2022
We would like to inform all professors, assistants, teaching associates, associates and students that the Belgrade Dance Institute will not be working on February 14th, 15th and 16th on the occasion of the national holiday of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia. The first working day is Thursday, February 17th, 2022.
Historian Nataša Kostić traditionally reminds us of the importance of this holiday:
The Law on State Holidays of the Republic of Serbia marks February 15th in memory of two historical events. The first event, when the Serbian revolution began and the First Serbian Uprising (1804), the second (1835), when the First Serbian Constitution, known as the Sretenje Constitution, was adopted.
On that day (1804), in the late afternoon in Marićević’s ravine near Orašac, the people’s elders gathered and decided to call the people to an uprising and elected Đorđe Petrović as their leader. That is when the struggle of the Serbian people for freedom from the Ottoman government began.
Twenty-one years later, the First Serbian Constitution (1835) was adopted. At that time, creating an independent Serbian state with weapons, the Serbian peasant decided to destroy the feudal order as well. Serbia at that time was a country of peasants, but that Serbian peasant accepted the ideas of the modern age and fought and fought for it. The libertarian spirit of the Serbian peasant forced the Serbian prince Mioš Obrenović to open the constitutional question. The great powers at the time, which still influenced independent Serbia (Russia, Austria and the Ottoman Empire), did not allow the Constitution to take root among Serbs, so they forced Prince Milos to repeal it a month after its adoption. Three years after that, the Serbs get the Turkish (hatisherif) Constitution.