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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Bosnia and Herzegovina. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

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

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.