Public Holidays in North Macedonia

North Macedonia, cradled in the Balkan Peninsula, is a nation where history, culture, and modern aspirations intermingle effortlessly. Its public holidays serve as milestones that narrate its journey from ancient civilizations to its recent identity affirmations. Central to its calendar is Ilinden (2nd August), which simultaneously commemorates the Ilinden Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1903 and the country's 1944 assembly that laid the groundwork for a modern Macedonian state. Its significance is profound, reflecting both historical valor and nationalistic pride. Another unifying observance is Independence Day (8th September), marking the 1991 referendum where Macedonians overwhelmingly voted for sovereignty from Yugoslavia. It's a day where the national spirit shines brightest, echoing the dreams and determinations of a country in charge of its destiny.

Complementing these nationalistic holidays, religious festivals too play a significant role. Easter and Christmas, celebrated by the majority Orthodox Christian population, are occasions filled with traditional fervor, family gatherings, and distinct customs like the midnight liturgies and the cracking of red eggs. Meanwhile, the significant Muslim populace observes Ramazan Bayram (Eid al-Fitr) and Kurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) with devotion and communal celebrations. Together, these holidays encapsulate the essence of North Macedonia – a blend of past legacies, spiritual diversity, and a relentless drive towards a harmonious future.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

HolidayDateDayType
Republic Day August 02 Friday Public Holiday
Independence Day September 08 Sunday Public Holiday
Independence Day Holiday September 09 Monday Public Holiday
Day of the Macedonian Uprising October 11 Friday Public Holiday
Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle October 23 Wednesday Public Holiday
Saint Clement of Ohrid Day December 08 Sunday Public Holiday
Saint Clement of Ohrid Day Holiday December 09 Monday Public Holiday

Holidays by Year

Previous Year: 2023
This page was last edited on 05 October 2023 at 11:18 AM (EST).