Public holidays in Moldova

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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 14 nationally celebrated holidays in the modern Moldova.

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.

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
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
August 31 National Language Day
December 25 Christmas Day

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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