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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.

DateDayHolidayLocation
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
2 JanMonNew Year HolidayNational
3 JanTueNew Year HolidayBosnian Federation
6 JanFriOrthodox Christmas EveRepublika Srpska
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas DayRepublika Srpska
9 JanMonRepublic DayRepublika Srpska
14 JanSatOrthodox New YearRepublika Srpska
1 MarWedIndependence DayBosnian Federation
14 AprFriOrthodox Good FridayRepublika Srpska
16 AprSunCatholic Easter SundayBosnian Federation
16 AprSunOrthodox Easter SundayRepublika Srpska
17 AprMonCatholic Easter MondayBosnian Federation
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter MondayRepublika Srpska
1 MayMonLabour DayNational
2 MayTueLabour Day HolidayNational
9 MayTueVictory DayRepublika Srpska
25 JunSunRamadan BajramBosnian Federation
28 JunWedSt Vitus DayRepublika Srpska
1 SepFriKurban BajramBosnian Federation
1 NovWedAll Saints' DayBosnian Federation
21 NovTueDayton Agreement DayRepublika Srpska
25 NovSatStatehood DayBosnian Federation
25 DecMonCatholic Christmas DayBosnian Federation

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.