There are two types of public holidays in Serbia: national holidays and religious holidays. Some of them are non-working public holidays, while others are working public holidays.
Non-working public holidays in Serbia for 2020
The national holiday of the Republic of Serbia is Sretenje – National Day of Serbia, commemorating the day when the First Serbian Uprising was erected at the assembly in Orašac in 1804 and the day when the First Constitution of the Principality of Serbia was issued and sworn in 1835.
- Sretnje – Serbian National Day is celebrated on February 15th-17th.
The national holidays of the Republic of Serbia are also:
- New Year’s Day (January 1st and 2nd);
- Labour Day (May 1st and 2nd); and
- Peace Day in the First World War (November 11th).
Religious holidays are celebrated in the Republic of Serbia:
- The first day of Christmas (January 7th);
- Easter holidays beginning on Good Friday and ending with the second day of Easter (17th-20th April).
On the days of national and religious holidays celebrated in the Republic of Serbia, state and other bodies, companies and other forms of organization for performing activities or services do not work, except on the Victory Day, which is celebrated on working days.
State and other bodies, companies and other forms of organization for performing activities or services are obliged to ensure the continuous performance of activities, i.e. services, even on the days of national and religious holidays that are celebrated in the Republic of Serbia, if the discontinuation of activities or services would cause harmful consequences for citizens and the state.
Businesses and other forms of organizing for the performance of activities or services whose nature of activity, that is, the technology of the work process requires continuous work, may also work on the days of national and religious holidays celebrated in the Republic of Serbia.
Additionally, employees have the right not to work on the following religious holidays:
- Orthodox – on the first day of baptismal glory;
- Catholics and members of other Christian religious communities – on the first day of Christmas and on the Easter holidays, beginning on Good Friday, ending with the second day of Easter, according to their calendar;
- Members of the Islamic community – on the first day of the Ramadan Bayram and the first day of the Kurban Bayram;
- Members of the Jewish community – on the first day of Jom Kippur.
Working public holidays in Serbia for 2020
The Republic of Serbia celebrates:
- St. Sava’s Day – Spirituality Day (January 27th);
- Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims, Genocide and Other Victims of Fascism in World War II (April 22nd);
- Victory Day (May 9th)
- Vidovdan – Memorial to the Battle of Kosovo (June 28th);
- Day of Remembrance for Serbian Victims in World War II – Memorial to 21st October 1941 and the bloody autumn of 1941 when the German occupying forces carried out a mass war crime against civilians in Kragujevac and throughout Serbia.