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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please scroll down to view.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country located in the Balkan Peninsula of South-eastern Europe. Often referred to as just Bosnia, this country comprises of three distinct territories: Bosnia, Herzegovina, and the Republic Srpska. Each of these territories is very unique and culturally significant. Because of these distinctions, the national holidays in Bosnia Herzegovina are very different than any other country.

National holidays are governed by the Law on Public Holidays of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Labor Laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia is also attempting to comply with the European Social Charter for employment actions.

The Law on Public Holidays has established two national holidays celebrated in each region of the country. The other 16 national holidays celebrated in this country are set up on a regional basis. A majority of these holidays are based on religious beliefs. Bosnia has three major religions that are practiced within the country: Orthodox Christians, Christians and Muslims. Each of these religious sects lives in a different region and has different holidays.

The government has provided that each of these regions and religions are entitled to their own holidays, without the entire country celebrating each event.

The Labor Laws of Bosnia require that employers provide a paid day off to all employees for national holidays. Employees that cannot take the day off due to the nature of their work must be given a paid day off in lieu of the holiday.

There are many additional holidays and celebrations that are experienced in Bosnia throughout the year based on religious or cultural beliefs. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina acknowledges that these celebrations take place, but does not recognise them as official public holidays. Employers are not required to provide paid days off for any of these events.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayRegion
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year HolidayNational
3 JanTueNew Year HolidayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
6 JanFriOrthodox Christmas EveRepublika Srpska
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas DayRepublika Srpska
9 JanMonRepublic DayRepublika Srpska
14 JanSatOrthodox New YearRepublika Srpska
1 MarWedIndependence DayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
14 AprFriOrthodox Good FridayRepublika Srpska
16 AprSunCatholic EasterFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
16 AprSunOrthodox EasterRepublika Srpska
17 AprMonCatholic Easter MondayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter MondayRepublika Srpska
1 MayMonLabour DayNational
2 MayTueLabour Day HolidayNational
9 MayTueVictory DayRepublika Srpska
25 JunSunRamandan Bajram /
End of Ramadam
Federation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
28 JunWedSt Vitus DayRepublika Srpska
1 SepFriKurban Bajiram /
Feast of Sacrifice
Federation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
1 NovWedAll Saints' DayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
21 NovTueDayton Agreement DayRepublika Srpska
25 NovSatStatehood DayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina
25 DecMonCatholic Christmas DayFederation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina