Croatia Public Holidays

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Croatia Holidays

Croatia is a small country with a population of about 4.29 million people. The Croats form the majority of the population and the Roman Catholic religion is the prevailing religion in the country. The public holidays of Croatia are enacted by an Act of law. Although Catholicism is the prevailing religion, there are many other religions in the country such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The law gives the right to people of different religions to observe their religious holidays without reporting for work. Some of the religious holidays that are observed on the Croatia Calendar include the Julian Calendar Christmas Day, Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah.

Unofficial holidays include carnival feasts and festivals such as Pokladni utorak,Sveti Duje and Sveti Vlaho.

New Year: The Croatian year starts with New Year’s Day, also known as Nova Godina in the Croat language. This first holiday of the year is celebrated on 1 January.

Epiphany: This Christian holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January. It is known as Bogojavljenje in the local language. It observes the special occasion when Jesus, the Son of God came to earth in human form.

Easter: Croatia is a Catholic country that observes Easter. Easter starts with Good Friday and ends with Easter Monday. It is a day of remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ when he died on the cross of Calvary. His consequent resurrection is also celebrated, showing that those who believe in Him will not die but they will be raised from the dead to live forever when Jesus Christ comes again. This day is known as Uskrs i uskrsni ponedjeljak

International Workers Day: This is the day when the achievements of labor movements are recognized. Workers do not go to work on this date. The day is known as Medunarodni praznik rada.It is observed on the 1st of May.

Corpus Christi: This is a Catholic holiday that is celebrated 60 days from the beginning of Easter Sunday. It is a continuation of the Easter celebrations that begin in March / April. Believers gather in a solemn ceremony to partake in the Eucharist or Holy Communion. The Holy Communion stands for the body of Christ and the wine stands for his blood. The ceremony is known as Tijelovo in Croatian language.

Anti-Fascist Day:  This is a Croation holiday observed on 22 June that commemorates the fight against Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The anti-fascist resistance movement was formed on 22 June 1941 by members of the SPLPD [1st Sisak  Partisan Detachment].Vladimir was the commander of the group consisting of 79 members. The holiday is known as Dan antifašističke borbe

Statehood Day:  A holiday to mark the independence of Croatia from former Yugoslavia on 25 June 1991.Croatia declared independence along with Slovenia, both of which were former constituents of Yugoslavia. The day is celebrated on 25 June, and it is known as Dan državnosti    

Thanksgiving Day:  Also known as Victory Day, it is a day to remember the soldiers who fought against the Serbs in Knin and took control of the city. This battle took place on 5 August 1995 in what is known as Operation Storm.Today, the event is commemorated by festivals featuring a mass service by the Catholic Church, parades, concerts and the lifting of the Croatian flag. The Memorial Day is known as Dan pobjede i domovinske zahvalnosti i Dan hrvatskih branitelja        

Assumption of Mary: This is a commemoration of the uplifting of Virgin Mary into heaven when her life on earth had ended. It is a Roman Catholic theology that was enacted by Pope Pius XII in 1950.It is called Velika Gospa

Independence Day: Croatia fought a four-year war against Yugoslavia after seceding from the socialist republic. The war started in 1991 and ended in 1995.The month of 8 October 1991 is the date when the Croatia cut all ties with Yugoslavia. The day is known as Dan neovisnosti

All Saints Day: The 1st of November is All Saints Day. The Orthodox churches and the Roman Catholic Church observe this day. It is known as Dan svih svetih

Christmas Day: It comes on 25 December. It’s called Božić

St Stephens Day: This is the last holiday on the Croatia Calendar. This is a day of remembrance of the first Martyr of Christ – Stephen. The locals call this day Prvi dan po Božiću, Sveti Stjepan, Štefanje          



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