Christmas in Zagreb

Here’s a list of the annual public holidays in Croatia. As a Catholic country, Croatia celebrates a number of religious holidays throughout the year, whilst others are either historically celebrated public holidays, or those to do with the war in the 1990s.

For 2020, Croatia has had a bit of a shake up of its publicly celebrated holidays. Croatia’s Statehood Day/National Day (Dan drzavnosti) has been moved forward and will now be celebrated on 30th May which is the day (in 1990) that the constitution of the first modern-day parliament of Croatia was created. From 2002 to 2019, Statehood Day was celebrated on 25th June; this is now a memorial day (a working day) and is now called Independence Day.

Likewise, 8th October – formerly called Independence Day (Dan neovisnosti) and commemorating the day in 1991 when Croatia decided to terminate all formal links with Yugoslavia – is now also a memorial day (a working day) called Croatian Parliament Day.

During public holidays, the majority of shops, businesses, restaurants, cafes, banks and so on are closed. Most people will be off work and schools will also be closed. However, you may find some smaller shops (e.g. those that sell groceries) will still be open. Places along the coast are more likely to be open to cater for holidaymakers.

Transport (buses, trains, ferries/catamarans) will still run but usually on a reduced service. Some timetables, particularly ferries/catamarans, may operate on their Sunday schedule.

Public Holidays in Croatia

Public Holidays in Croatia 2020

1 January
New Year’s Day

6 January
Epiphany

12th & 13th April
Easter Sunday & Easter Monday

1 May
Labour Day

30 May
Croatian National Day

11 June
Corpus Christi

22 June
Anti-Fascist Resistance Day

5 August
Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day

15 August
Feast of the Assumption

1 November
All Saints’ Day

18 November
Remembrance Day

25 & 26 December
Christmas

Memorial Days in Croatia 2020

Croatia also celebrates certain other days through the year which are considered ‘memorial days’ but are not public holidays (i.e. they are not non-working days). There are 11 memorial days; they include:

9th January
Day of Unification of Medjimurje with the Country of Croatia

15th January
Day of International Recognition of Croatia

9th May
Europe Day/Day of Victory Over Fascism

25th June
Independence Day (25th June was formerly Statehood Day until 2019)

23rd August
European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes (Nazism, Fascism and Communism)

8th October
Croatian Parliament Day (8th October was formerly the public holiday, Independence Day. until 2019)

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