Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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This list includes national holidays observed throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina, plus some major holidays celebrated in certain parts of the country. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.


October 31–November 5:  Sarajevo Jazz Fest

November 1:  All Saints’ Day (religious festival, some closures)

November 2:  All Souls’ Day (religious festival, some closures)

November 21:  Dayton Agreement Day (Serbian areas only)

November 25:  Statehood Day

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day/St. Stephen’s Day (closures)


January 1:  New Year’s Day (Nova Godina)

January 2:  Second New Year’s Day (Drugi dan Nove Godine)

January 6:  Epiphany (Bogojavljenje)

January 7:  Orthodox Christmas (Božić)

January 9:  Republic Day (only in Serbian areas)

February–mid-March (likely):  Sarajevo Winter (arts festival)

March 1:  Independence Day (non-Serbian areas only)

March 30–April 2:  Western Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

April 6:  Anniversary of the 1992 Siege of Sarajevo

April 6–9:  Orthodox Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 2:  Second Labor Day (some closures)

May 9:  Victory Day (Serbian areas only)

May 15–June 16:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

May 31:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 29–June 30:  Mostar Summer Fest (open-air music festival featuring local rock bands)

July (all month):  Baščaršija Nights, Sarajevo (summer arts festival)

Mid-July (5 days):  International Folklore Festival, Sarajevo (folk dancing)

Mid-July (3 days):  Mostar Blues & Rock Festival

Late July:  Old Bridge Dives, Mostar (diving competition off the Old Bridge)

Mid-August (8 days):  Sarajevo Film Festival

August 15:  Assumption Day (Catholic)

August 22:  Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, Muslim holiday)

August 28:  Assumption of Mary (Orthodox)





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