Public holidays Kosovo

Kosovo celebrates ten public holidays a year. Most businesses may give their employees the day off, but the restaurants, bars and large supermarkets might be open. When the public holidays are on a Saturday or Sunday, workers and students have a day off on Monday.

Fifty percent of the national holidays are religious public holidays kosovoholidays. Two are dedicated to the Muslim community. The first is the Feast of the Sacrifice (Bajramit të Vogël) and the second is the Sugar Feast (Bajramit të Madh), which is the end of the Ramadan.

Although a minority of Kosovars are Christian, three public holidays are dedicated to Christian believers. There are probably around 60.000 Catholic believers and at least 100.000 Serbian Orthodox believers. One or two thousand in Kosovo consider themselves Evangelical Christian. Their three public holidays days are Easter, Christmas (25th of December) and Orthodox Christmas (7th of January). Until the year 2013, Orthodox Christians also had a free day to celebrate Orthodox Easter.

Public holidays in Kosovo: five are non-religious

The non-religious public holidays in Kosovo are the following: New Year (1st and 2nd of January), Independence Day (17th of February), Constitution Day (April the 9th), Labour Day (1st of May) and Europa day (9th of May).

New Year fireworks in Kosovo (© Ilir Xharra)

One of the most important holidays in this small Balkan state is not a public holiday. The Albanian Independence Day (Dita e flamurit) is very important for all Kosovars with an Albanian background. Most schools and offices are closed. This day is yearly celebrated on the 28th of November.

Some other special days are dedicated to other ethnic minorities in Kosovo. February 15th: Ashkali, April 8th: Roma, April 23rd: Turks, May 6th: Gorani and September 28th is dedicated to Bosnians. And two other memorial days are Peace Day (June 12th) and a special day of respect for veterans (march 6th).

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