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Festivals & Holidays in Croatia

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Public holidays in Croatia are regulated by the Act on Public Holidays, Memorial Days and Days Off (in Croatian: Zakon o blagdanima, spomendanima i neradnim danima).

DateEnglish nameLocal name
1 JanuaryNew Year’s DayNova Godina
6 JanuaryEpiphanyBogoyavljenje, Sveta tri kralja
Easter and the day afterEaster and Easter MondayUskrs i uskrsni ponedjeljak
1 MayInternational Workers’ DayMeđunarodni praznik rada
60 days after EasterFête-DieuTijelovo
22 JuneAnti-fascist struggle dayDan antifašističke borbe
25 JuneState DayDan državnosti
5 AugustDay of Victory and Thanksgiving of the Fatherland and Day of the Croatian DefendersDan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i Dan hrvatskih branitelja
15 AugustAssumption DayVelika Gospa
8 OctoberIndependence DayDan neovisnosti
1 NovemberAll Saints’ DayDan svih svetih
25 DecemberChristmasBožić
Boxing DaySaint Stephen’s DayPrvi dan po Božiću, Sveti Stjepan, Štefanje

Note: Citizens of the Republic of Croatia who celebrate various religious holidays have the right not to work on these days. These include Christians celebrating Christmas on 7 January according to the Julian calendar, Muslims on the days of Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, and Jews on the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Unofficial holidays

  • Shrove Tuesday (Pokladni utorak) is the occasion for celebrating carnival in most towns and villages.
  • Some cities also celebrate de facto holidays on the occasion of the feast of their patron saints. For example, Split celebrates Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje) on 7 May, while Dubrovnik celebrates Saint Blasius’ Day (Sveti Vlaho) on 3 February.
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