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Ilinden Day
North Macedonia

Ilinden Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in North Macedonia

Although the modern state of North Macedonia only came into existence with the breakup of Yugoslavia, Ilinden Day has been celebrated in North Macedonia since 1944 and has its roots as far back as 1903. Its date, 2 August, is the day in 1903 that North Macedonians rose up against the Ottoman Empire to briefly establish a republic.

YearDateDayHoliday
20212 AugMonIlinden Day
20222 AugTueIlinden Day
20232 AugWedIlinden Day
20242 AugFriIlinden Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Ilinden day is also called “Republic Day”, but its meaning in the North Macedonian tongue refers to Saint Elijah Day. For it was on the religious holiday of Saint Elijah Day that the uprising took place.

In 1944, Communist insurgents opposing the Nazis set up a council that met to try to establish a North Macedonian state. They laid down such principles as the official status of the North Macedonian language, equal civil and religious freedoms for all, and even the eventual national anthem. The ASNOM Memorial Centre, located in the town of Pelince, documents the actions of the 1944 council.

There are religious ceremonies at many monasteries in North Macedonia on Ilinden Day. And there will also be a symbolic ride of cavalry from Skopje to Krusevo, the place where the leaders of the 1903 revolution set up their short-lived republic. Krusevo is also the spot where a battle was fought against Ottoman forces.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20202 AugSunIlinden Day
3 AugMonIlinden Day Holiday
20192 AugFriIlinden Day
20182 AugThuIlinden Day
20172 AugWedIlinden Day