Public Holidays in Slovenia

Nestled in the heart of Europe, Slovenia boasts a unique blend of cultural traditions, natural beauty, and historical significance. The country celebrates a diverse array of public holidays, each reflecting its rich heritage and the spirit of its people.

Statehood Day (Dan državnosti)

On June 25th, Slovenia commemorates its declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. This national holiday is marked by ceremonies, concerts, and cultural events. It serves as a reminder of Slovenia's hard-fought journey to sovereignty.

Prešeren Day (Prešernov dan)

February 8th is dedicated to France Prešeren, Slovenia's greatest poet. Prešeren Day celebrates Slovenian culture and creativity with poetry readings, artistic performances, and the awarding of the Prešeren Prizes, the country's highest cultural honors.

Easter (Velika noč)

Easter is a cherished religious holiday in Slovenia. Families attend church services, share meals, and partake in the tradition of egg-painting. It's a time of reflection, renewal, and the arrival of spring.

May Day (Prvi maj)

May 1st marks International Workers' Day, celebrated in Slovenia with parades, music, and picnics. It honors the contributions of laborers and signifies the arrival of warmer months.

Assumption Day (Marijino vnebovzetje)

On August 15th, Slovenia observes the Assumption of Mary with church processions and feasts. It is a day to honor the Virgin Mary and seek her blessings.

National Reconciliation Day (Dan vrnitve Primorske k matični domovini)

October 15th commemorates the return of the Primorska region to Slovenia in 1954. The holiday emphasizes unity and reconciliation among Slovenes.

Christmas (Božič)

Slovenians celebrate Christmas with festive traditions such as a Christmas Eve dinner, the exchange of gifts, and midnight Mass. The holiday season is marked by beautifully decorated towns and villages.

New Year's Day (Novo leto)

The beginning of the year is welcomed with joyous celebrations, fireworks, and gatherings. Many Slovenians participate in the tradition of the New Year's Eve run in Ljubljana.

Slovenia's public holidays serve as a testament to its rich cultural tapestry and historical resilience. These celebrations not only honor the nation's heritage but also offer opportunities for both locals and visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant traditions of this European gem. Whether paying tribute to its hard-won independence, reveling in the joys of spring, or coming together to celebrate the spirit of unity, Slovenia's public holidays reflect the enduring spirit of its people and the beauty of its culture.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Christmas Day December 25 Monday Public Holiday
Independence and Unity Day December 26 Tuesday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Monday Public Holiday
New Year's Day Holiday January 02 Tuesday Public Holiday
Prešeren Day February 08 Thursday Public Holiday
Easter Sunday March 31 Sunday Public Holiday
Easter Monday April 01 Monday Public Holiday
Day of Uprising Against Occupation April 27 Saturday Public Holiday
May Day May 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
May Day Holiday May 02 Thursday Public Holiday
Whit Sunday May 19 Sunday Public Holiday

Holidays by year

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