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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Republic of Macedonia, a former division of Yugoslavia, is a country located in the Balkan area of Southeast Europe. Macedonia has 13 public holidays that are celebrated each year. A majority of the holidays are based on the Orthodox Christian faith, and these dates of celebration are different than in many other areas of the world.

Holidays in Macedonia are regulated by “The Law on Holidays in the Republic of Macedonia, 2007.” These laws determine the 13 public holidays, established the first nationally recognised Muslim holiday, and gave the government the authority to add one-time non-working holidays each year if they are officially published.

Holidays that occur on a weekend are often moved to the following work day to extend their celebration. In many cases, the government will announce just a few days before the weekend holiday that the date has been changed. Businesses are required to observe the new dates.

Under the Labour Laws of Macedonia, all employees are entitled to a non-working day for all national holidays. There are no laws requiring payment for these holidays. However, the employer may choose to pay for national holidays as part of their employment contracts. Employees who must work on a national holiday due to their job position must be guaranteed a day in lieu to make up for their lost holiday.

Most of the holidays celebrated in Macedonia are based on religious beliefs. Many of these holidays will change in dates each year because they are based off of the lunar cycle. The government will issue an official document each year stating when the holidays are to be recognised for the following year. Employers are required to accommodate the changes in dates each year.

Cultural and Religious Holidays

Macedonia has a very diverse population and many people have different belief systems. The government of Macedonia believes that everyone should have the right to practice their own religion. However, the government does not recognise these holidays or celebrations as national or public holidays. Employers are not required to provide special time off or extra pay for any of these events.

It should be noted that many of the holidays in Macedonia are celebrated with “Eve” celebrations or an extra day following the holiday. Eve celebrations are traditional and not required by law. If a second day is added to the public holiday, a national announcement will be made prior to the holiday occurring.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas Day
17 AprMonOrthodox Easter Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
24 MayWedSaints Cyril and Methodius Day
25 JunSunRamazan Bajram
26 JunMonRamazan Bajram Holiday
2 AugWedDay of the Republic
8 SepFriIndependence Day
11 OctWedRevolution Day
23 OctMonDay of the Macedonian
Revolutionary Struggle
8 DecFriSaint Clement of Ohrid Day