Public holidays in Moldova
Public holidays in the Republic of Moldova are the celebrated non working days established by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and valid for the whole territory of the country. Autonomous territorial units Gagauzia and Transnistria, as well cities, communes and cantonal authorities also establish local holidays, which are however not non-working days. There are ... nationally celebrated holidays in the modern Moldavia.
In the Republic of Moldova, most retail businesses close on New Year's and Independence Day, but remain open on all other holidays. Private businesses often observe only the big holidays (New Year's Day, Easter and Easter Monday, Victory Day (May 9), Independence Day, Labor Day, Limba Noastra, and Christmas).
Most holidays celebrated in the Republic of Moldova recognize events or people from History of Moldavia, although four are shared in common with many other countries: Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Victory Day (May 9) and Labour Day.
The holiday season in the winter traditionally ran between New Year's Day until Old new Year's Day. As of 2009, the holiday season now officially begins with Western Christmas on December 25, now a legal holiday in the Republic of Moldova. The holiday seasons gets underway much earlier with the official lighting of the Chisinau town Christmas tree at the end of November or very beginning of December when other than Christmas, some locals celebrate Winter solstice, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Summer holiday season traditionally (though unofficially) starts in May with celebrations of anniversary of most important localities (Bălţi - 21 May) and culminates in the end of August with the successive celebrations of Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova and Limba Noastra.
These holidays are designated by the Government of the republic of Moldova, in accordance with the legislation of the republic of Moldova.
|January 1||New Year's Day||Celebrates beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. Festivities include counting down to midnight (12:00 AM) on the preceding night, New Year's Eve. Traditional beginning of holiday season.|
|January 7–8||Craciun pe Rit Vechi (Russian Orthodox Christmas)|
|February||24 Dragobete (Day of Love)|
|March 1||Martisor (first day of spring)|
|March 8||International Women's Day|
|May 1||Labour Day (Moldova)|
|May 9||Victory and Commemoration Day|
|June 1||Children's Day|
|August 27||Independence Day (Moldova)|
|August 31||Limba Noastra (National Language Day (Moldova))|
|October 14||Capital's Day|
|December 25||Craciun pe stil Nou (Western Christmas)|
In addition to the national holidays, cities, communes and cantonal authorities observe the following holidays: