Since 2019, Dan državnosti is the official National Day of Croatia and a public holiday occuring every year on May 30, to celebrate the constitution of the first modern multi-party Croatian Parliament in 1990.
While there are no strict or established forms of celebration associated with the holiday, it is usually marked by family reunions, picnics, barbecues and by parades on quinquennial or decennial anniversaries. Typical state activities on the occasion involve speeches by the President of Croatia and other dignitaries, as well as commemoration of the Croatian War of Independence.
Like the country itself, Croatian cuisine has absorbed multiple influences, from the highlights of the Mediterranean diet to the hearty fare of Eastern Europe. Add the bounties of the Adriatic Sea, and you have one of the most remarkable arrays of gastronomic riches.
Croatian food is so heterogenous that it can be divided into several distinct regional cuisines – Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Lika, Gorski Kotar, Istria, Zagorje, Međimurje, Podravina, and Slavonija. Each region has its own distinct characteristics and cooking traditions though most dishes can usually be found throughout the country.