Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Festivals & Holidays in Macedonia

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Public holidays in Macedonia

In the Republic of Macedonia, public holidays are celebrated for a variety of reasons, including religious and national importance. They are usually accompanied with festivities.

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2016 dateRemarks
1 JanuaryNew YearНова Година, Nova Godina1 January 
7 JanuaryChristmas Day(Orthodox)Прв ден Божик, Prv den Božik7 January 
April/MayGood Friday(Orthodox)Велики Петок, Veliki Petok29 April 
April/MayEaster Sunday(Orthodox)Прв ден Велигден, Prv den Veligden1 May 
April/MayEaster Monday(Orthodox)Втор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden2 May 
1 MayLabour DayДен на трудот, Den na trudot1 May 
24 MaySaints Cyril and Methodius DayСв. Кирил и Методиј, Ден на сèсловенските просветители; Sv. Kiril i Metodij, Den na sèslovenskite prosvetiteli24 May 
2 AugustDay of the RepublicДен на Републиката, Den na Republikata2 AugustDay of the establishment of the Republic in 1944, as well as the Ilinden revolt in 1903.
8 SeptemberIndependence DayДен на независноста, Den na nezavisnosta8 SeptemberIndependence Day from Yugoslavia
11 OctoberRevolution DayДен на востанието, Den na vostanieto11 OctoberDuring WWII, the anti-fascist war began in 1941.
23 OctoberDay of the Macedonian Revolutionary StruggleДен на македонската револуционерна борба,Den na makedonskata revolucionarna borba24 OctoberIn 1893, the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) was founded.
8 DecemberSaint Clement of Ohrid DayСв. Климент Охридски, Sv. Kliment Ohridski8 December 
1 ShawwalEid al-FitrРамазан Бајрам, Ramazan Bajram5 July Islamic calendar

Aside from these, there are a number of significant religious and ethical community holidays:

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2016 dateCelebrated by
6 JanuaryChristmas EveБадник, Badnik6 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
19 JanuaryBaptism of JesusВодици, Vodici19 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
27 JanuarySaint SavaDayСвети Сава, Sveti Sava27 JanuaryEthnic Serbs
8 AprilInternational Romani DayМеѓународен ден на Ромите, Megjunaroden den na Romite8 AprilEthnic Romani people
23 MayNational Day of the AromaniansНационален ден на Власите, Nacionalen den na Vlasite23 MayEthnic Aromanians
28 AugustAssumption of MaryУспение на Пресвета Богородица, Uspenie na Presveta Bogorodica29 AugustOrthodox Christians
28 SeptemberInternational Bosniaks DayМеѓународен ден на Бошњаците, Megjunaroden den na Boshnjacite28 SeptemberEthnic Bosniaks
1 NovemberAll Saints’ DayСите Светци, Site Svetci1 NovemberCatholics and Protestants
22 NovemberAlbanian Alphabet DayДен на Албанската азбука, Den na Albanskata azbuka22 NovemberEthnic Albanians
21 DecemberTurkish LanguageEducation DayДен на настава на турски јазик, Den na nastava na turski jazik21 DecemberEthnic Turks
25 DecemberChristmasБожиќ, Bozik25 DecemberCatholics and Protestants
variableGood FridayВелики Петок, Veliki Petok29 April Ortodox Christians
variableEaster MondayВтор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden2 May Catholics and Protestants
variablePentecostДуховден, Duhovden17 June Orthodox Christians, 7 weeks after Good Friday
10 TishreiYom KippurЈом Кипур, Jom Kipur12 October Jews
10 Dhu al-HijjahEid al-AdhaКурбан Бајрам, Kurban Bajram12 SeptemberMuslims

Festivals

Film

  • Manaki Brothers Film Festival

Music

  • Balkan Music Square Festival, a music festival
  • International Children’s Music Festival “Asterisks”, an international children’s festival
  • Ohrid Summer Festival, an annual theater and music festival from July to August
  • Skopje Jazz Festival, a jazz festival
  • MakFest,
  • Ohrid Choir Festival, a choir festival
  • Ohrid Fest,
  • Skopje Fest,

Folklore and traditional

  • Balkan Event of Folk Songs and Dances, an annual festival of folklore music and dance.
  • Galičnik Wedding Festival, an annual festival conducted in Galinik during which a chosen couple is married in the traditional “Galika” manner.

Theater

  • Struga Poetry Evenings, is a well-known worldwide poetry event.
  • Days of Comedy, is a comedy theatrical event held in Kumanovo.

Sports

  • Ohrid Swimming Marathon is a Lake Ohrid international open water swimming tournament.