The The following year, Serbian King Alexander Karadjordjevic

The Croatian society went through a lot of changes to get to where they are today.The Croatians have worked very hard and gone through a lot of suppression.I will start with a brief history, and then I will explain some of the customary traditions and expressions of the Croatian society.Croatia became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes against the will of its people after the crumbling of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. For thefirst time, Croatia’s self-governing practice was interrupted, with all activity of the Croatian parliament suspended and the Croatian state divided within the Kingdom. In 1928, Croatian representatives were shot in the Belgrade Assembly; among the killed were Croatian Peasant Party, Stjepan Radic. The following year, Serbian King Alexander Karadjordjevic proclaimed a royalist dictatorship. In 1939, the Banovina of Croatia was formed in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.In 1941, after Germany occupied and partitioned the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the “Independent State of Croatia” was announced. Although the idea of Croatian statehood was supported, the majority of Croatians opposed the Axis occupation of Croatia and founded the anti-fascist movement under the leadership of Josip Broz Tito and Andrija Hebrang. The communist domination of Yugoslavia stifled the development of Croatian statehood and democracy after the war.
In 1971, the Croatian democratic movement, known as the “Croatian Spring,” was ended.
Thefirst free democratic elections were held in Croatia in April and May 1990. The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), led by its founder and President Dr. Franjo Tudjman, won the election on a platform that united all Croats around the idea of a sovereign, democratic state and national reconciliation. Thefirst democratically elected Parliament was constituted on May 30, the day that has come to mark Croatian statehood.In the referendum held in May 1991, ninety-four percent of Croati…