Public holidays in Moldova

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Public holidays in the Republic of Moldova refer to the celebrated non-working days established by the Government 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 14 nationally celebrated holidays in the modern 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 such as New Year's Day, Easter Monday, Victory Day, Independence Day, Labour Day, Language Day, 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, New Year's Day, Victory Day 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. The 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 celebrations of Independence Day and Limba Noastra.

National holidays[edit]

These holidays are designated by the Government of the republic of Moldova, in accordance with the legislation of the republic of Moldova.

Date Official Name Remarks
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 Orthodox Christmas
March 8 International Women's Day
April/May Orthodox Easter Monday
April/May Memorial Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Victory Day
June 1 Children's Day
July 29 Constitution Day
August 27 Independence Day
December 25 Christmas Day

Other observences[edit]

A concert in honor of National Wine Day in 2006.

In addition to the holidays, mentioned above, the following days are observed:

Date Official Name Notes
February 15 Afghan War Veterans Day It commermorates the end of the Soviet-Afghan War[1]
April 27 Flag Day It commemorates the adoption of the Moldovan tricolour[2]
June 10 Border Guards Day It commemorates the founding of the Moldovan Border Police
August 23 Liberation Day It celebrates the end of the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive. It is also celebrated in neighboring Romania as Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day
August 31 National Language Day It commemorates the Moldovan language and the name of the national anthem.
September 3 National Army Day It commemorates the founding of the Moldovan Armed Forces
October 8 National Wine Day It commermorates the the production of Moldovan Wine.
December 18 Police Day It commemorates the founding of the Moldovan Police Forces

Local holidays[edit]

In addition to the national holidays, cities, communes and cantonal authorities observe the following holidays:

Date Official Name Remarks
May 22 Bălţi Day Public Holiday just for Bălţi
October 14 Capital's Day Public Holiday just for Chisinau.
November 21 South Capital's Day Cahul Public Holiday just for Cahul.

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