Public Holidays

Public holidays in Serbia

Serbia is predominantly Christian, but the Christian holidays of the Serbs are not based on the Gregorian calendar, but on the Orthodox calendar. For example, the Orthodox start of the year is on January 13 and Christmas on January 7. Also, the Easter celebrations are shifted back by seven days. By the way, the fact that the Orthodox calendar is "different" from that of most Western countries is not an inadequacy. On the contrary, it actually maps the solar year more accurately.

At first glance, the number of public holidays may look somewhat small. However, depending on the religion, there are one or two additional holidays per year, which are based on the high festivals of the respective religion.

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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

DateHolidayLocal name
Jan. 1st1st New Year's DayNova Godina
Jan. 2nd2nd New Year's DayNova Godina
Jan. 7thOrthodox ChristmasBožić
Jan. 13thSerbian New YearSrpska Nova Godina
Jan. 27thSt. Sava DayDan Svetog Save
Feb. 15thNational Day (Serbian Army Day)Dan državnosti Srbije
April 22ndHolocaust Memorial DayDan Secanja Na Žrtve Holokausta
May 1stLabor DayPraznik rada
May 9thVictory DayDan pobede
June 6thSaint Vitus DayVidovdan
Nov. 11thDay of the gun ceasefireDan primirja
Dec. 25th1st Christmas Day (Western Churches)

Moving Holidays in Serbia

HolidayLocal name20232024202520262027
Beginning of RamadanMarch 23rdMarch 11thMarch 1stFeb. 18thFeb. 8th
Good Friday (West Churches)April 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Great Friday (Good Friday)Veliki PetakApril 14thMay 3rdApril 18thApril 10thApril 30th
Great Saturday (Orthodox Holy Saturday)Velika SubotaApril 15thMay 4thApril 19thApril 11thMay 1st
Orthodox Easter SundayUskrsApril 16thMay 5thApril 20thApril 12thMay 2nd
Orthodox Easter MondayUskrsApril 16thMay 5thApril 20thApril 12thMay 2nd
Kurban Bayramı (Festival of Sacrifice)June 28thJune 16thJune 6thMay 26thMay 16th
Yom KippurSept. 25thOct. 12thOct. 2ndSept. 21stOct. 11th

If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the next working day is a day off.

One country, different denominations

Public Holidays A large part of Serbia's population is Orthodox, i.e., belongs to the Christian Eastern Church. A considerably smaller part, but not neglected by the government, is also Catholic, Protestant, Muslim or Jewish. In addition to the one-day Orthodox public holidays of Christmas, Good Friday and Easter, each of these religions is granted additional optional holidays that are work-free with full pay. For Orthodox Christians, this is the first day of the "Slava" family festival. Followers of the Western Christian churches receive Good Friday, as well as the first day of Christmas. Muslims can respectively celebrate the first day of Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, and Jews the day of Yom Kippur.

Revolt against the Ottoman Empire

The national holiday is celebrated by Serbs nationwide on February 15. It is the day that commemorates the beginning of the Serbian Revolution in 1804. Serbia broke away from the Ottoman Empire in a first, but only temporarily successful, uprising. Only a second rebellion in 1815 brought the country political independence. However, Serbia did not receive its first constitution until 1835, after the end of the second Serbian uprising.
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