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New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day 2025 and 2026 in Serbia

Serbia celebrates New Year’s Day with two public holidays every 1 and 2 January. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.

20251 JanWedNew Year's Day
2 JanThuNew Year Holiday
20261 JanThuNew Year's Day
2 JanFriNew Year Holiday
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New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.

People in Serbia actually get to observe the coming of the new year twice each year! The official observance is on 1 and 2 January, but Serbia also has a second New Year celebration on 13 January. The former is based on the Gregorian, or “new”, calendar, while the latter is based on the Julian, or “old”, calendar.

The Julian calendar is used by the Serbian Orthodox Church, and some 85 percent of the population is Orthodox. The Gregorian calendar is used by everyone for state matters as opposed to religious matters. Roman Catholics, mostly living in the northern province of Vojvodina, follow the Gregorian for religious and national holidays. Catholics make up about five percent of the population of Serbia.

Previous Years

20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
2 JanTueNew Year Holiday
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday