February 15, 2015 – Serbian National Day
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Serbian community on the occasion of Serbian National Day.
Serbian National Day is observed on February 15th and marks the anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and the adoption of the first Serbian Constitution in 1835.
The First Serbian Uprising, or the first stage of the Serbian Revolution, began in 1804 and lasted until 1813. After three centuries of rule, Serbia declared independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The violent struggle for independence led to a period of formalization, negotiations and the consolidation of political power. On February 15, 1835, The Sretenje Constitution was adopted, transforming Serbia from an Ottoman Province to a Constitutional Monarchy and a modern nation-state.
I have worked closely with the Serbian Diaspora in Canada on issues important to the community. I have also had the privilege of attending events to mark Serbian National Day. This is a very significant time in the life of the community.