Public holidays in Croatia

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Public holidays in Croatia are regulated by the Holidays, Memorial Days and Non-Working Days Act (Croatian: Zakon o blagdanima, spomendanima i neradnim danima[1]).

Public Holidays (non-working)
Date English name Croatian name moveable

2022 date


2023 date

1 January New Year's Day Nova godina
6 January Epiphany Sveta tri kralja
moveable Easter Uskrs 17 April 9 April
moveable Easter Monday Uskrsni ponedjeljak 18 April 10 April
1 May Labour Day Praznik rada
30 May National Day Dan državnosti Holiday from 1991 until 2001 and since 2020*
moveable Corpus Christi Tijelovo 16 June 8 June
22 June Anti-Fascist Struggle Day Dan antifašističke borbe
5 August Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti
15 August Assumption of Mary Velika Gospa
1 November All Saints' Day Dan svih svetih
18 November Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Homeland War Dan sjećanja na žrtve Domovinskog rata Holiday since 2020*
25 December Christmas Božić
26 December Saint Stephen's Day Sveti Stjepan

* In 2020 there was a change in holidays: June 25 (was Statehood Day until 2019, became Independence Day in 2020) and October 8 (was Independence Day until 2019, became Day of the Croatian Parliament in 2020) changed names and were demoted from public holidays to memorial days (working). May 30 (was Day of the Croatian Parliament until 2019, became National Day in 2020) was promoted from a memorial day to a public holiday, and November 18 (Remembrance Day) was added as a new public holiday.

Note: Citizens of the Republic of Croatia who celebrate different religious holidays have the right not to work on those dates. Christians who celebrate Christmas, Easter and Easter Monday per the Julian calendar, Muslims on the days of Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, and Jews on the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Memorial Days (working)
Date English name Croatian Name remark
9 January Day of Unification of Medimurje with its Parent Body Croatia Dan sjedinjenja Medimurja s maticom zemljom Hrvatskom
15 January Day of international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and

Day of peaceful reintegration of the Croatian Danube Region

Dan međunarodnoga priznanja Republike Hrvatske i

Dan mirne reintegracije hrvatskog Podunavlja

15 March Day of founding of the People's Protection Dan osnivanja Narodne zaštite
30 April Day of the Death of Zrinski and Frankopan Dan pogibije Zrinskog i Frankopana
9 May Europe Day and

Day of Victory over fascism

Dan Europe i Dan pobjede nad fašizmom
moveable Day of Remembrance of Croatian Victims in the Fight for Freedom and Independence Dan spomena na hrvatske žrtve u borbi za slobodu i nezavisnost Saturday/Sunday nearest to 15 May
25 June Independence Day Dan neovisnosti was a Holiday until 2020
23 August European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism Europski dan sjećanja na žrtve totalitarnih i autoritarnih režima

– nacizma, fašizma i komunizma

30 August Day of Remembrance of Missing Persons in the War of Independence Dan sjećanja na nestale osobe u Domovinskom ratu
25 September Day of the Deciscion about the Unification of Istria, Rijeka,

Zadar and the Islands with the Parent Body Croatia

Dan donošenja Odluke o sjedinjenju Istre, Rijeke,

Zadra i otoka s maticom zemljom Hrvatskom

8 October Day of the Croatian Parliament Dan Hrvatskoga sabora was a Holiday until 2020

Unofficial holidays[edit]

  • Popular carnival celebrations are held in most cities and towns in the country on Shrove Tuesday (Pokladni utorak), when customarily businesses in public sector and hospitality industry cease work for the day earlier than usual, but the day is not officially designated a public holiday.
  • Some cities also celebrate de facto public holidays on their patron saints' feast days. For example, in Split, the day of Saint Domnius (Sveti Duje) is celebrated on May 7, while Dubrovnik marks the day of Saint Blaise (Sveti Vlaho) on 3 February ; business usually cease work earlier than usual on these days. Most of rural village parishes in Slavonia celebrate their patron saints' with kirbaj / kirvaj festival (from German kirche weihe) when schools are usually closed for a day.
  • Even though Christmas Eve (24 December ), New Year's Eve (31 December), and Good Friday are not public holidays, businesses customarily close earlier (as early as 12pm).


  1. ^ "Zakon o blagdanima, spomendanima i neradnim danima u Republici Hrvatskoj" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2019.