Happy Glagolitic Script Day, Croatia!
The feast will be celebrated for the first time
- February 22, 2019 09:30
- Monika Dimitrova
In 2018 the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics launched a campaign called “Croatian Glagolic Script Day”, with the aim of popularizing the Croatian alphabet and script as the guardian of Croatian identity. This month, the Croatian Parliament has voted to declare the 22nd of February as the official Croatian Glagolitic Script Day.
The Glagolitic alphabet or Glagolitsa is the oldest known Slavic script which was introduced in mid-9th century and was used in the Slavic world until 16th century, when it was eventually replaced by the Latin script (latinica). Glagolitsa was used in Croatia up until the 19th century, which means it was the official script in Croatia for 1000 years. There are 41 characters of Glagolitsa as we know it today, but this number can vary from type to type. The script is therefore called azbuki (azbuka in Croatian), the name derived from the names of the first two letters - az and buky.
Source: Croatia week