Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

Public holidays in Macedonia

Public holidays are observed in the Republic of Macedonia for a number of reasons, including for religious and national significance. They are generally accompanied by celebrations.

Date English name Macedonian name 2016 date Remarks
1 January New Year Нова Година, Nova Godina 1 January  
7 January Christmas Day(Orthodox) Прв ден Божик, Prv den Božik 7 January  
April/May Good Friday(Orthodox) Велики Петок, Veliki Petok 29 April  see below
April/May Easter Sunday(Orthodox) Прв ден Велигден, Prv den Veligden 1 May  Ortodox Easter and other Easter dates do not match; see: Date of Easter
April/May Easter Monday(Orthodox) Втор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden 2 May  as above
1 May Labour Day Ден на трудот, Den na trudot 1 May  
24 May Saints Cyril and Methodius Day Св. Кирил и Методиј, Ден на сèсловенските просветители; Sv. Kiril i Metodij, Den na sèslovenskite prosvetiteli 24 May  
2 August Day of the Republic Ден на Републиката, Den na Republikata 2 August Day when the Republic was established in 1944, also Ilinden uprising in 1903
8 September Independence Day Ден на независноста, Den na nezavisnosta 8 September Day of independence from Yugoslavia
11 October Revolution Day Ден на востанието, Den na vostanieto 11 October Beginning of Anti-fascist war during WWII in 1941
23 October Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle Ден на македонската револуционерна борба,Den na makedonskata revolucionarna borba 24 October Day when the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization(IMRO) was established in 1893.
8 December Saint Clement of Ohrid Day Св. Климент Охридски, Sv. Kliment Ohridski 8 December  
1 Shawwal Eid al-Fitr Рамазан Бајрам, Ramazan Bajram 5 July  Islamic calendar

Besides these, there are several major religious & ethic communities` holidays:

Date English name Macedonian name 2016 date Celebrated by
6 January Christmas Eve Бадник, Badnik 6 January Orthodox Christians
19 January Baptism of Jesus Водици, Vodici 19 January Orthodox Christians
27 January Saint SavaDay Свети Сава, Sveti Sava 27 January Ethnic Serbs
8 April International Romani Day Меѓународен ден на Ромите, Megjunaroden den na Romite 8 April Ethnic Romani people
23 May National Day of the Aromanians Национален ден на Власите, Nacionalen den na Vlasite 23 May Ethnic Aromanians
28 August Assumption of Mary Успение на Пресвета Богородица, Uspenie na Presveta Bogorodica 29 August Orthodox Christians
28 September International Bosniaks Day Меѓународен ден на Бошњаците, Megjunaroden den na Boshnjacite 28 September Ethnic Bosniaks
1 November All Saints' Day Сите Светци, Site Svetci 1 November Catholics and Protestants
22 November Albanian Alphabet Day Ден на Албанската азбука, Den na Albanskata azbuka 22 November Ethnic Albanians
21 December Turkish LanguageEducation Day Ден на настава на турски јазик, Den na nastava na turski jazik 21 December Ethnic Turks
25 December Christmas Божиќ, Bozik 25 December Catholics and Protestants
variable Good Friday Велики Петок, Veliki Petok 29 April  Ortodox Christians
variable Easter Monday Втор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden 2 May  Catholics and Protestants
variable Pentecost Духовден, Duhovden 17 June  Orthodox Christians, 7 weeks after Good Friday
10 Tishrei Yom Kippur Јом Кипур, Jom Kipur 12 October  Jews
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha Курбан Бајрам, Kurban Bajram 12 September Muslims


Festivals in the Republic of Macedonia include:


  • Manaki Brothers Film Festival


  • Balkan Music Square Festival, a music festival
  • International Children's Music Festival "Asterisks", an international children’s festival
  • Ohrid Summer Festival, an annual theater and music festival from July to August
  • Skopje Jazz Festival, a jazz festival
  • MakFest,
  • Ohrid Choir Festival, a choir festival
  • Ohrid Fest,
  • Skopje Fest,

Folklore and traditional

  • Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances, annual folklore music and dance festival
  • Galičnik Wedding Festival, an annual festival held in Galičnik in which a selected couple gets married in the traditional "Galička" style wedding


  • Si-Do, a children's festival


  • Struga Poetry Evenings, an internationally acclaimed poetry festival
  • Days of Comedy, a theater comedy festival in Kumanovo


  • Ohrid Swimming Marathon, an international open water swimming competition in Lake Ohrid

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