It marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Bosnian and Serbian entity of Republika Srpska amid a serious political crisis in the country.
It comes on the heels of a fear of returning to the dark years of the 1990s racial war over separatist targets.
Serbian political leader Milorad Dodik’s increasingly aggressive statements along with his plans to start withdrawing from the Bosnian government have cast a major shadow over the banned holiday this year.
Milorad Dodik, the Serbian member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia, said, “Every national movement, and ours too, has one goal, which is to build a people’s state, i.e. a state of its own. So the doubt about its possibility should never affect the minds. We Serbs and others From people who live in Republika Srpska. Because that’s really possible.”
The power of the central government is very limited because all national actions require the consensus of the three ethnic groups.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has two legislatures and a three-member presidency made up of one member from each of the three main ethnic groups.
Tensions have risen since Dodik plans to withdraw from the country’s central institutions, including the army, judiciary and tax systems.
But despite the new US sanctions, celebrations will continue over the three days.