Public holidays in North Macedonia

Public holidays are observed in the Republic of North Macedonia for a number of reasons, including for religious and national significance. They are generally accompanied by celebrations.[1]

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2018 date 2019 dateRemarks
1 JanuaryNew YearНова Година, Nova Godina1 January 1 January 
7 JanuaryChristmas Day (Orthodox)Прв ден Божик, Prv den Božik8 January 7 January 
April/MayEaster Monday (Orthodox)Втор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden9 April [2] 29 April [2]as above
1 MayLabour DayДен на трудот, Den na trudot1 May 1 May 
24 MaySaints Cyril and Methodius DayСв. Кирил и Методиј, Ден на сèсловенските просветители; Sv. Kiril i Metodij, Den na sèslovenskite prosvetiteli24 May 24 May 
2 AugustRepublic Day (North Macedonia)Ден на Републиката, Den na Republikata2 August 2 AugustDay when the Republic was established in 1944, also Ilinden uprising in 1903
8 SeptemberIndependence DayДен на независноста, Den na nezavisnosta8 September 9 SeptemberDay of independence from Yugoslavia
11 OctoberDay of Macedonian Uprising in 1941Ден на востанието, Den na vostanieto11 October 11 OctoberBeginning of Anti-fascist war during WWII in 1941
23 OctoberDay of the Macedonian Revolutionary StruggleДен на македонската револуционерна борба,Den na makedonskata revolucionarna borba23 October 23 OctoberDay when the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) was established in 1893.
8 DecemberSaint Clement of Ohrid DayСв. Климент Охридски, Sv. Kliment Ohridski8 December 9 December 
1 ShawwalEid al-FitrРамазан Бајрам, Ramazan Bajram15 June [2] 4 June [2]Islamic calendar

Besides these, there are several major religious & ethic communities` holidays:

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2018 date Celebrated by
6 JanuaryChristmas EveБадник, Badnik6 January 6 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
19 JanuaryBaptism of JesusВодици, Vodici19 January 19 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
27 JanuarySaint Sava DayСвети Сава, Sveti Sava27 January 27 JanuaryEthnic Serbs
8 AprilInternational Romani DayМеѓународен ден на Ромите, Megjunaroden den na Romite8 April 8 AprilEthnic Romani people
23 MayNational Day of the AromaniansНационален ден на Власите, Nacionalen den na Vlasite23 May 23 MayEthnic Aromanians
28 AugustAssumption of MaryУспение на Пресвета Богородица, Uspenie na Presveta Bogorodica28 August 28 AugustOrthodox Christians
28 SeptemberInternational Bosniaks DayМеѓународен ден на Бошњаците, Megjunaroden den na Boshnjacite28 September 28 SeptemberEthnic Bosniaks
1 NovemberAll Saints' DayСите Светци, Site Svetci1 November 1 NovemberCatholics and Protestants
22 NovemberAlbanian Alphabet DayДен на Албанската азбука, Den na Albanskata azbuka22 November 22 NovemberEthnic Albanians
21 DecemberTurkish Language Education DayДен на настава на турски јазик, Den na nastava na turski jazik21 December 21 DecemberEthnic Turks
25 DecemberChristmasБожиќ, Bozik25 December 25 DecemberCatholics and Protestants
variableGood FridayВелики Петок, Veliki Petok6 April [2] 26 April [2]Catholics and Protestants
variableEaster MondayВтор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden9 April [2] 28 April [2]Catholics and Protestants
variablePentecostДуховден, Duhovden25 May [2] 14 June [2]Orthodox Christians, 7 weeks after Good Friday
10 TishreiYom KippurЈом Кипур, Jom Kipur19 September [2] 9 October [2]Jews
10 Dhu al-HijjahEid al-AdhaКурбан Бајрам, Kurban Bajram21 August [2] 11 August [2]Muslims


  1. According to The Law of Public holidays in North Macedonia, issued in "Службен весник на Република Македонија", number 21/98 and 18/07, 2007, see here (in Macedonian), retrieved on 17 November 2008. (in Macedonian)
  2. "Holiday Calendar | U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia". U.S. Embassy in North Macedonia. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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