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.

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2016 dateRemarks
1 JanuaryNew YearНова Година, Nova Godina1 January 
7 JanuaryChristmas Day(Orthodox)Прв ден Божик, Prv den Božik7 January 
April/MayGood Friday(Orthodox)Велики Петок, Veliki Petok29 April see below
April/MayEaster Sunday(Orthodox)Прв ден Велигден, Prv den Veligden1 May Ortodox Easter and other Easter dates do not match; see: Date of Easter
April/MayEaster Monday(Orthodox)Втор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden2 May as above
1 MayLabour DayДен на трудот, Den na trudot1 May 
24 MaySaints Cyril and Methodius DayСв. Кирил и Методиј, Ден на сèсловенските просветители; Sv. Kiril i Metodij, Den na sèslovenskite prosvetiteli24 May 
2 AugustDay of the RepublicДен на Републиката, Den na Republikata2 AugustDay when the Republic was established in 1944, also Ilinden uprising in 1903
8 SeptemberIndependence DayДен на независноста, Den na nezavisnosta8 SeptemberDay of independence from Yugoslavia
11 OctoberRevolution DayДен на востанието, Den na vostanieto11 OctoberBeginning of Anti-fascist war during WWII in 1941
23 OctoberDay of the Macedonian Revolutionary StruggleДен на македонската револуционерна борба,Den na makedonskata revolucionarna borba24 OctoberDay when the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization(IMRO) was established in 1893.
8 DecemberSaint Clement of Ohrid DayСв. Климент Охридски, Sv. Kliment Ohridski8 December 
1 ShawwalEid al-FitrРамазан Бајрам, Ramazan Bajram5 July Islamic calendar

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

DateEnglish nameMacedonian name2016 dateCelebrated by
6 JanuaryChristmas EveБадник, Badnik6 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
19 JanuaryBaptism of JesusВодици, Vodici19 JanuaryOrthodox Christians
27 JanuarySaint SavaDayСвети Сава, Sveti Sava27 JanuaryEthnic Serbs
8 AprilInternational Romani DayМеѓународен ден на Ромите, Megjunaroden den na Romite8 AprilEthnic Romani people
23 MayNational Day of the AromaniansНационален ден на Власите, Nacionalen den na Vlasite23 MayEthnic Aromanians
28 AugustAssumption of MaryУспение на Пресвета Богородица, Uspenie na Presveta Bogorodica29 AugustOrthodox Christians
28 SeptemberInternational Bosniaks DayМеѓународен ден на Бошњаците, Megjunaroden den na Boshnjacite28 SeptemberEthnic Bosniaks
1 NovemberAll Saints' DayСите Светци, Site Svetci1 NovemberCatholics and Protestants
22 NovemberAlbanian Alphabet DayДен на Албанската азбука, Den na Albanskata azbuka22 NovemberEthnic Albanians
21 DecemberTurkish LanguageEducation DayДен на настава на турски јазик, Den na nastava na turski jazik21 DecemberEthnic Turks
25 DecemberChristmasБожиќ, Bozik25 DecemberCatholics and Protestants
variableGood FridayВелики Петок, Veliki Petok29 April Ortodox Christians
variableEaster MondayВтор ден Велигден, Vtor den Veligden2 May Catholics and Protestants
variablePentecostДуховден, Duhovden17 June Orthodox Christians, 7 weeks after Good Friday
10 TishreiYom KippurЈом Кипур, Jom Kipur12 October Jews
10 Dhu al-HijjahEid al-AdhaКурбан Бајрам, Kurban Bajram12 SeptemberMuslims


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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