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Croatia National Holidays

Dan Neovisnosti u Zadaru
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Croatia has 14 national holidays, many of which are based in Catholicism or are associated with a notable milestone in national history, during which government agencies and many businesses across the country are closed.

Depending on the holiday, bus service may be limited and some supermarkets may be closed so be sure to be aware of the major ones. I’ve starved on more than one national holiday when all the markets and restaurants were closed simply because I didn’t plan ahead.

Public national holidays in Croatia

Holiday (English)Holiday (Croatian)Date(s)
New Year's DayNova godinaJanuary 1
EpiphanyBogojavljenje, Sveta tri kraljaJanuary 6
EasterUskrs i uskrsni ponedjeljakEaster and the following Monday - date changes annually
Labor Day
(International Worker's Day)
Međunarodni praznik radaMay 1
Corpus ChristiTijelovo60 days after Easter - date changes annually
Statehood DayDan državnostiMay 30
Anti-Fascist Struggle DayDan antifašističke borbeJune 22
Victory and Homeland
Thanksgiving Day
Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnostiAugust 5
Assumption of MaryVelika GospaAugust 15
All Saints DayDan svih svetihNovember 1
The Day of Remembering the Victims of the Croatia War of Independence and the Day of Remembering the Victims of Vukovar and ŠkabrnjaDan sjećanja na žrtve Domovinskog rata i Dan sjećanja na žrtvu Vukovara i ŠkabrnjeNovember 18
ChristmasBožićDecember 25
St. Stephen's DayPrvi dan po Božiću, Sveti Stjepan, Štefanje, StipanjeDecember 26

Some cities in Croatia such as Split and Dubrovnik celebrate their own holidays, in addition to the public ones, that celebrate patron saints or other milestones in their history.

UPDATE 19/11/19: The government changed the law on national holidays and officially moved Dan državnosti (Statehood Day) from June 25 to May 30. As part of this law change, the government also added a new holiday called Dan sjećanja na žrtve Domovinskog rata i Dan sjećanja na žrtvu Vukovara i Škabrnje, which will be celebrated on November 18. Dan neovisnosti will be marked on June 25, instead of October 8. They also decided that Dan neovisnosti will no longer be marked as a national holiday – now, it is a memorial day.

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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