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Festivals & Holidays in Slovenia

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Public holidays in Slovenia

In Slovenia, there are two types of public holidays: state holidays and work-free days. State holidays are those that are observed by the state. Official functions and flying the national flag are examples of this. The latter are Catholic religious holidays, similar to any Sunday: businesses and schools are closed, but there is no formal celebration.

Slovenia has 12 state holidays and an extra four work-free days. Because two of these always fall on Sunday, Slovenia has a total of 14 days off from work. From 1955 until May 2012, when the National Assembly of Slovenia approved the Public Finance Balance Act, the second of January was also a work-free day, for a total of 15 work-free days.

Work-free days on state holidays are indicated in light green, whereas work-free days on non-state holidays (such as Catholic religious holidays) are shown in dark green. White indicates that the holidays are not work-free. Slovenia has 14 days off from work in total.

DateEnglish nameSlovene nameRemarks
1 JanuaryNew Yearnovo letoState holiday, work-free.
8 FebruaryPrešeren Day, the Slovenian Cultural HolidayPrešernov dan, slovenski kulturni praznikState holiday, work-free. Anniversary of the death of Slovenian poet France Prešeren, established as the national cultural day in 1944, work-free since 1991.
Easter Sundayand Mondayvelikonočna nedelja in ponedeljekvelika nočWork-free days, in March or April (date varies).
27 AprilDay of Uprising Against Occupationdan upora proti okupatorjuState holiday, work-free. Formerly Liberation Front Day (dan Osvobodilne fronte), marks the establishment in 1941 of the Anti-Imperialist Front to fight “imperialists”, later renamed the Liberation Front to fight the German, Italian, Hungarian, and Croatian partition and annexation of Slovenia.
1 May – 2 MayMay Day Holidaypraznik delaState holiday, work-free from 1949.
Whit Sundaybinkoštna nedeljabinkoštiWork-free day (it is always on Sunday), in May or June, fifty days after the Easter (date varies).
8 JunePrimož TrubarDaydan Primoža TrubarjaState holiday, not work-free. Established in 2010.
25 JuneStatehood Daydan državnostiState holiday, work-free. Commemorates the act of independence in 1991.
15 AugustAssumption DayMarijino vnebovzetje(veliki šmaren)Work-free day since 1992.
17 AugustDay of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nationzdružitev prekmurskih Slovencev z matičnim narodomState holiday since 2006, not work-free.
15 SeptemberDay of Restoration of the Littoral Region to the Motherlandvrnitev Primorske k matični domoviniState holiday since 2005, not work-free.
25 OctoberSovereignty Daydan suverenostiState holiday since 2015, not work-free.
31 OctoberReformation Daydan reformacijeState holiday since 1992, work-free day.
1 NovemberDay (of Remembrance) of the Deaddan spomina na mrtve or dan mrtvihState holiday, work-free. Before 1991, in the time of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, it was named dan mrtvih (‘day of the dead’).
23 NovemberRudolf MaisterDaydan Rudolfa MaistraState holiday since 2005, not work-free.
25 DecemberChristmasbožičWork-free day. Abolished in 1953 and re-instituted in 1991.
26 DecemberIndependence and Unity Daydan samostojnosti in enotnostiState holiday, work free. Commemorates the proclamation of the independence plebiscite results in 1990.

In addition to these, many additional holidays are historically and widely observed by Slovenians, despite the fact that they are not work-free. The most well-known are:

  • Carnival (pust, date varies),
  • International Women’s Day, 8 March
  • St. George’s Day (jurjevanje, the welcoming of spring; 23 April),
  • St. Martin’s day (martinovanje, changing of must into wine; 11 November) and
  • Saint Nicholas Day (miklavž, when children receive presents; 6 December).
  • Insurrection Day (dan vstaje, 22 July, work-free until 1991)

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