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.
|Date||English name||Slovene name||Remarks|
|1 January||New Year||novo leto||State holiday, work-free.|
|8 February||Prešeren Day, the Slovenian Cultural Holiday||Prešernov dan, slovenski kulturni praznik||State 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 Monday||velikonočna nedelja in ponedeljek, velika noč||Work-free days, in March or April (date varies).|
|27 April||Day of Uprising Against Occupation||dan upora proti okupatorju||State 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 May||May Day Holiday||praznik dela||State holiday, work-free from 1949.|
|–||Whit Sunday||binkoštna nedelja, binkošti||Work-free day (it is always on Sunday), in May or June, fifty days after the Easter (date varies).|
|8 June||Primož TrubarDay||dan Primoža Trubarja||State holiday, not work-free. Established in 2010.|
|25 June||Statehood Day||dan državnosti||State holiday, work-free. Commemorates the act of independence in 1991.|
|15 August||Assumption Day||Marijino vnebovzetje(veliki šmaren)||Work-free day since 1992.|
|17 August||Day of Slovenes in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation||združitev prekmurskih Slovencev z matičnim narodom||State holiday since 2006, not work-free.|
|15 September||Day of Restoration of the Littoral Region to the Motherland||vrnitev Primorske k matični domovini||State holiday since 2005, not work-free.|
|25 October||Sovereignty Day||dan suverenosti||State holiday since 2015, not work-free.|
|31 October||Reformation Day||dan reformacije||State holiday since 1992, work-free day.|
|1 November||Day (of Remembrance) of the Dead||dan spomina na mrtve or dan mrtvih||State holiday, work-free. Before 1991, in the time of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, it was named dan mrtvih (‘day of the dead’).|
|23 November||Rudolf MaisterDay||dan Rudolfa Maistra||State holiday since 2005, not work-free.|
|25 December||Christmas||božič||Work-free day. Abolished in 1953 and re-instituted in 1991.|
|26 December||Independence and Unity Day||dan samostojnosti in enotnosti||State 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)