Today’s Doodle celebrates Croatian National Day, which marks the anniversary of Croatia’s independence from the former Yugoslavia. With a people stemming from the Roman and Byzantine Empires as well as middle Europe and the Mediterranean, Croatia has always embodied a blend of different cultures.
While the red, white, and blue of the Croatian flag draws inspiration from that of Russia, the five shields are emblems of Croatia and its major areas. Each correspond to regions of Croatia proper including Croatia, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia, Istria, and Slavonia.
Celebrations on this day take place throughout the regions, including a parade through the capital city of Zagreb. Many citizens also take the day to visit the hundreds of miles of stunning coastline Croatia shares with the Adriatic Sea. Those celebrating at home may feast on brodet, a fish stew made possible by plentiful access to seafood.
Happy National Day, Croatia!