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St Cyril and St Methodius Day
North Macedonia

St Cyril and St Methodius Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in North Macedonia

In North Macedonia, as well as in neighbouring Bulgaria, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius are honoured with their own public holiday on 24 May. Cyril and Methodius Day was established in North Macedonia in 2007, but it was already celebrated in North Macedonian schools earlier.

YearDateDayHoliday
202124 MayMonSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
202224 MayTueSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
202324 MayWedSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
202424 MayFriSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Cyril and Methodius were brothers who were born of a mixed Greek-Bulgar marriage in the A.D. 800s. In 860, they ventured out into the Slavic heartland in modern-day Ukraine to spread the Gospel. In the process, they developed the Glagolitic alphabet, which is the precursor of the Cyrillic alphabet that most Slavic countries still use today. This includes North Macedonia.

In North Macedonia, the holiday is also sometimes called Slavonic Enlighteners’ Day because of the light of learning and of Christian truth that these two brothers brought to a formerly dark land. Cyril and Methodius lead the way in translating the Bible into Old Bulgarian as well as translating some other books. This led to the blooming of Slavic literature and culture.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202024 MaySunSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
25 MayMonSt Cyril and St Methodius Day Holiday
201924 MayFriSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
201824 MayThuSt Cyril and St Methodius Day
201724 MayWedSt Cyril and St Methodius Day