Public holidays in Montenegro

This is a list of public holidays in Montenegro.

Official holidays

All State and Other holidays are non-working days. The religious holidays are non-working days for the specific religious communities.

Note: If the first day of State and Other holidays falls on Sunday, then the next two working days are non-working days. And, If the second day of State and Other holidays falls on Sunday, then the next working day is a non-working day.

Date Name Local name 2015 Date Remarks
State holidays
May 21 Independence Day Dan nezavisnosti
Дан независности
May 21 Anniversary of the Montenegrin independence referendum in 2006.
May 22
May 22
July 13 Statehood Day Dan državnosti
Дан државности
July 13 Anniversary of the day in 1878 on which the Berlin Congress recognized Montenegro as an independent state.
July 14 July 14
Other holidays
January 1 New Year's Day Nova godina
Нова година
January 1
January 2 January 2
May 1 Labour Day Praznik rada
Празник рада
May 1
May 2 May 2
Religious holidays
Orthodox holidays
January 6 Orthodox Christmas Eve Badnji dan
Бадњи дан
January 6 Orthodox Church uses the Julian Calendar.
January 7 Orthodox Christmas Božić
January 7
January 8 January 8
varies Orthodox Good Friday Veliki petak
Велики петак
April 10 Orthodox Church calculates Easter using Orthodox Computus.
By the law only the second day of Easter, the Easter Monday, is a holiday.
varies Orthodox Easter Vaskrs
April 12
varies April 13
varies Slava Krsna slava
Крсна слава
varies Patron saint of the family, varies among families.
Roman Catholic holidays
December 24 Christmas Eve Badnji dan
Nata e Krishtlindjes
December 24
December 25 Christmas Božić
December 25
December 26 December 26
varies Good Friday Veliki petak
E Premtja e Madhe
April 3
varies Easter Uskrs
April 5 By the law only the second day of Easter, the Easter Monday, is a holiday.
varies April 6
November 1 All Saints' Day Svi Sveti
Dita e të gjithë Shenjtorëve
November 1
Muslim holidays
1 Shawwal Eid ul-Fitr Ramazanski bajram
Fitër bajrami
July 17 End of Ramadan.
2 Shawwal July 18
3 Shawwal July 19
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha Kurbanski bajram
Kurban bajrami
September 23 Although Eid al-Adha lasts four days only three days are holidays according to the law.
11 Dhu al-Hijjah September 24
12 Dhu al-Hijjah September 25
Jewish holidays
15 Nisan Pesach Pasha April 3
16 Nisan April 4
10 Tishrei Yom Kippur Jom Kipur September 23
11 Tishrei September 24

Unofficial holidays

In addition to the official state, other and religious holidays; many other religious, ethnic, and other traditional holidays populate the calendar. These are rarely observed by businesses as non-working days.
Date Name Local name 2015 Date Remarks
Religious holidays
Orthodox holidays
January 14 Orthodox New Year Pravoslavna Nova godina
Православна Нова година
January 14 Celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar.
Catholic holidays
August 15 Assumption of Mary Velika Gospa
Shën Mëria e Gushtit
August 15
Muslim holidays
1 Muharram Islamic New Year Nova hidžretska godina
Viti i Ri hixhri
October 14
12 Rabi' al-awwal Mawlid Mevlud
December 23
27 Rajab Laylat al-Mi'raj Lejletul Mi'radž
Nata e Miraxhit
May 16
15 Sha'aban Laylat al-Bara'at Lejletul berat
Nata e Beratit
June 2
1 Ramadan First day of Ramadan Prvi dan posta
Dita e parë e agjërimit
June 18
27 Ramadan Laylat al-Qadr Lejletul kadr
Nata e Kadrit
July 14
Jewish holidays
1 Tishrei Rosh Hashanah Roš Hašana September 13
Ethnic holidays
Albanian holidays
March 7 Teachers' Day Dita e Mësuesit March 7 Anniversary of the opening of the first secular school which taught lessons in Albanian in 1887.
November 28 Albanian Independence Day Dita e Flamurit November 28 Anniversary of the Declaration of independence of Albania in 1912.


  • ZAKON O DRŽAVNIM I DRUGIM PRAZNICIMA (Law on State and Other Holidays) - Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro Nr. 27/2007 (17.5.2007)
  • ZAKON O SVETKOVANJU VJERSKIH PRAZNIKA (Law on Celebrating Religious Holidays) - Official Gazette of the Republic of Montenegro Nr. 56/1993 (29.12.1993)
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