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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

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

The predominant religion in Croatia is Roman Catholic. Thus, the majority of public holidays are based on Catholic observances and Croatian cultural traditions. As a large proportion of Croatian workers are employed in the shipbuilding, information technology and tourism industries, most belong to trade unions and are subject to either employment contracts or union bargaining agreements. The entitlement to paid holidays is generally set forth in these agreements.

Public holidays in Croatia are regulated by the Holidays, Memorial Days and Non-Working Days Act. According to the Act, the following public holidays are observed: New Year’s Day; Epiphany; Easter; Easter Monday; International Workers’ Day; Corpus Christi; Anti-Fascist Struggle Day; Statehood Day; Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders; Assumption of Mary; Independence Day; All Saints’ Day; Christmas and St. Stephen’s Day. Employees are entitled to 14 paid national holidays per year. In the event a worker is required to work on a national holiday or an official non-working day as determined by Croatia’s labour laws, the amount of annual leave may be increased.

Croatia also observes several unofficial holidays and observances including the Carnival celebrations held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the beginning of Lent.

Labour Laws in Croatia

All employees in Croatia are required to enter into an employment contract or trade union collective bargaining agreement which generally establishes terms of employment, wages, and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. In Croatia, full-time employees are not permitted to work more than 40 hours per week. Overtime work cannot exceed 50 hours per week or 180 hours per year. Overtime is permitted only in extraordinary circumstances on the part of an employer. Collective bargaining agreements may include provisions permitting an employee to work a maximum of 250 hours per year. Overtime compensation is not regulated by Croatian labour laws, but is determined by employment contracts and union bargaining agreements.

Weekly Rest Periods and Annual Leave

All workers are entitled to an uninterrupted rest period of at least 24 hours per week. The labour laws mandate that the weekly rest period must be used on Sundays or the day before or after a Sunday. All employees are entitled to paid annual leave during each calendar year. The leave amounts to not less than four weeks during each year. Payment for annual leave is compensated according to the normal wage scale. Collective bargaining agreements or employment contracts may provide for a longer annual leave, the duration of which is usually based on length of employment and terms set forth in an applicable agreement.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
22 JunThuAnti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 JunSunStatehood Day
5 AugSatVictory & Homeland Thanksgiving Day
15 AugTueAssumption of the Virgin Mary
8 OctSunIndependence Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueSt. Stephen's Day