Public holidays in Serbia

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The public holidays in Serbia are defined by the Law of national and other holidays in the Republic of Serbia.

Public Holidays[edit]

National / Bank Holidays
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
January 11 New Year's Day Nova Godina January 1
January 21 January 2
January 7 Julian Orthodox Christmas Božić January 7 Serbian Orthodox Church uses the Julian Calendar
February 151 Statehood Day Dan državnosti Srbije February 15 Anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and the first Serbian Constitution in 1835
February 161 February 16
February 171 February 17
varies Orthodox Good Friday Veliki petak April 10 April 29 Serbian Orthodox Church calculates Easter using Orthodox Computus
varies Orthodox Easter Vaskrs April 12 May 1
varies Orthodox Easter Monday Vaskrsni ponedeljak April 13 May 2
May 11 May Day / International Workers' Day Praznik rada May 1
May 21 May 2
November 111 Armistice Day Dan primirja November 11

1 If one of the non-religious holidays falls on a Sunday, then the next working day is a non-working day.

Additional Religious Holidays[edit]

Additionally, the employees of Christian, Muslim and Jewish religion are allowed not to work on some of their religious holidays.

Additional religious holidays
Western Christians & Revised Julian Calendar Orthodox Christians
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
December 25 Christmas Day Božić December 25
Western Christians
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
varies Good Friday Veliki petak April 3 March 25
varies Easter Uskrs April 5 March 27
varies Easter Monday Uskrsni ponedeljak April 6 March 28
Serbian Orthodox Christians
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
varies Slava Krsna slava varies Patron saint of the family - varies among families
Muslims
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
1 Shawwal Eid ul-Fitr Ramazanski Bajram July 17 July 8 End of Ramadan
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha Kurbanski Bajram September 23 September 11
Jews
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
10 Tishrei Yom Kippur Jom Kipur September 23 October 12

Working Holidays[edit]

Some holidays are defined by the Law as working holidays, hence they are not bank holidays, but they are observed by the state and people.

Working Holidays
Date Name Local Name 2015 Date 2016 Date Remarks
January 27 Saint Sava Day Sveti Sava January 27 according to Julian Calendar. Patron saint of the Serbian schools. In the Gregorian Calendar it's observed on January 14
April 22 Holocaust Remembrance Day Dan sećanja na žrtve holokausta April 22 Holocaust, genocide and World War II victims remembrance day
May 9 Europe Day / Victory Day* Dan Evrope or Dan pobede May 9 Originally celebrated as Eastern/Russian version of the Victory in Europe Day commemorating the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945. Today, more and more people celebrate it as Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration in 1950
June 28 Saint Vitus Day Vidovdan June 28 According to Julian Calendar. Remembrance on the Battle of Kosovo. In the Gregorian Calendar it's observed on June 15
October 21 National World War II Victims Remembrance Day Dan sećanja na srpske žrtve u Drugom svetskom ratu October 21 World War II Serbian victims remembrance day

* By Law, defined only as Victory day.

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