There are 12 state-recognised public holidays in Croatia, which usually result in non-essential businesses and facilities remaining closed. Here is a closer look at each of the public holidays in Croatia:
New Year’s Day – 1 January marks the start of the new year and is a time for celebrations and gatherings with friends and family. Many shops and facilities are closed on this day and public transport may operate on a restricted schedule.
Epiphany – 6 January is celebrated as Epiphany, a Christian holiday commemorating the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. This day is a public holiday in Croatia, but is not celebrated in a big way.
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays, celebrated with church services, feasts and egg decorating. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays in Croatia, when many shops and establishments are closed.
Labour Day – 1 May is celebrated as Labour Day in Croatia and many other countries around the world. On this day, the achievements of workers and trade unions are recognised, and parades and speeches are often held on this day. Many businesses and institutions are closed on this day.
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Corpus Christi – This holiday falls on a Thursday in late May or early June and commemorates the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday in Croatia, but not widely celebrated.
Statehood Day – 25 June marks the day Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. This day is a bank holiday in Croatia and is celebrated with parades and other festivities.
Victory and Gratitude to the Homeland Day and Croatian Defenders Day – 5 August is a Croatian bank holidays commemorating the victory over Serbian forces in the Croatian War of Independence. On this day, the soldiers and civilians who fought for Croatia’s independence are honoured.
Assumption of Mary – 15 August is a Catholic holiday celebrating the belief that Mary was taken up to heaven after her death. This day is a public holiday in Croatia, when many people attend church services and spend time with their family.
Independence Day – 8 October is the anniversary of Croatia’s declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. This day is a bank holiday in Croatia and is celebrated with parades and other events.
All Saints’ Day – 1 November is a Christian holiday in honour of all the saints and is celebrated with church services and cemetery visits in honour of deceased loved ones. This day is a public holiday in Croatia, when many shops and establishments are closed.
Christmas – 25 December is an important Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday in Croatia when many people attend church services and spend time with family.
Christmas – 26 December is a public holiday in Croatia in honour of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Many shops and establishments are closed on this day.
Overall, the holidays in Croatia provide an opportunity to rest, reflect and celebrate. If you are planning a trip to Croatia, you should find out in advance if public holidays fall in your travel period, as this may affect the availability of certain services and attractions.