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Holidays & Observances in Croatia

Croatia is a Southeast European country on the Adriatic Sea. Most Croatians practice Roman Catholicism with a small population practicing Greek Orthodoxy, so Christian holidays are very important. The most important holiday is probably Christmas, which lasts for a month each year beginning on St. Nicholas’s Day on December 6 and ending on Epiphany on January 6. Each of these holidays have their own specific traditions. On St. Nicholas’s Day, children put out their stockings for gifts from Saint Nicholas like many children around the world do on Christmas. The bad children, however, instead of receiving coal are said to be kidnapped by evil woodland spirits. Children also receive gifts from St. Nicholas on Christmas.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Independence Day Croatia Public
Independence Day Croatia Public
All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic