Public holidays Kosovo

Public holidays Kosovo

Public holidays in Kosovo

Kosovo celebrates eleven 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 holidays. Two of them 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, four public holidays are dedicated to Christian believers. There are probably around 60.000 Catholic believers. On top of that, at least 100.000 Serbian Orthodox believers. One or two thousand in Kosovo consider themselves Evangelical (or Protestant) Christian.

religious buildings in Gjakova Kosovo
© Bujar Gashi
waving flag during independence day of Kosovo
Flag of Kosovo during Independence Day in February

 The four christian holidays are as follows. There is a day for Orthodox Easter, and for Catholic/Protestant Easter. Next to that, Christmas is on the 25th of December. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January.

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).

 

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 not open on that day. This Albanian Flag Day is every year on the 28th of November.

Some other special days are for ethnic minorities in Kosovo. February 15th: Ashkali, April 8th: Roma, April 23rd: Turks, May 6th: Gorani. Bosnians celebrate their day at September the 28th. And two other memorial days are Peace Day (June 12th). As well, Kosovars have a special day out of respect for veterans. This day is on March the 6th.

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