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

2020 date

moveable

2021 date

Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Nova Godina
January 6 Epiphany Sveta tri kralja
moveable Easter Sunday Uskrs April 12 April 4
moveable Easter Monday Uskrsni ponedjeljak April 13 April 5
May 1 Labour Day Praznik rada
May 30* Statehood Day Dan državnosti
moveable Corpus Christi Tijelovo June 11 June 3
June 22 Anti-Fascist Struggle Day Dan antifašističke borbe
August 5 Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti
August 15 Assumption of Mary Velika Gospa
November 1 All Saints' Day Dan svih svetih
November 18* Remembrance Day Dan sjećanja na žrtve Domovinskog rata
December 25 Christmas Day Božić
December 26 Saint Stephen's Day Sveti Stjepan

* - In 2020 there was a change in holidays: June 25 (Statehood Day) and October 8 (Independence Day) were demoted from public holidays to memorial days, and May 30 (National Day) and November 18 (Remembrance Day) were promoted from memorial days to public holidays.

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
January 9 Day of Unification of Medimurje with its Parent Body Croatia Dan sjedinjenja Medimurja s maticom zemljom Hrvatskom
January 15 Day of international recognition of the Republic of Croatia and

Day of peacuful reintegration of the Croatian Danube Region

Dan međunarodnoga priznanja Republike Hrvatske i

Dan mirne reintegracije hrvatskog Podunavlja

March 15 Day of founding of the People's Protection Dan osnivanja Narodne zaštite
April 30 Day of the Death of Zrinski and Frankopan Dan pogibije Zrinskog i Frankopana
May 9 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 May 15
June 25 Independence Day Dan neovisnosti was a Holiday until 2020
August 23 European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism Europski dan sjećanja na žrtve totalitarnih i autoritarnih režima

– nacizma, fašizma i komunizma

August 30 Day of Remembrance of Missing Persons in the War of Independence Dan sjećanja na nestale osobe u Domovinskom ratu
September 25 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

October 8 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 February 3; business usually cease work earlier than usual on these days.
  • Even though Christmas Eve (December 24), New Year's Eve (December 31), and Good Friday are not public holidays, businesses customarily close earlier (as early as 12pm).

References[edit]

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