Today’s Holiday: Ilinden (Macedonia Republic Day)

Today’s Holiday:
Ilinden (Macedonia Republic Day)

August 2 is an official holiday in Macedonia commemorating the nation’s first modern statehood. In 1903, Macedonian Christian nationalists led a rebellion against the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The rebels staged an uprising on August 2 of that year, a date that also marked the Christian feast day of Ilinden, or the prophet Elijah’s ascension into heaven. The Ilinden uprising has become a cultural cornerstone in the mythology of modern Macedonia and is acknowledged as an important precursor to the establishment of the present-day Republic of Macedonia. More…:

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