There is nothing more irritating than arriving in a foreign country and finding everything closed due to a public or national holiday. Being a catholic country, many of the public holidays in Croatia are religious-based.
Together with the traditional holidays like New Year, Christmas and Labour Day, there are also festivities to celebrate independence day and victory day. Smaller grocery shops and markets may well be open, together with some larger supermarkets. Bars and restaurants are generally open during those days, especially during tourist season.
In Dubrovnik we celebrate a special (unofficial) holiday on February 3, the day of Saint Blaise (sv. Vlaho). St. Blaise is the protector of Dubrovnik. Citizens of Dubrovnik celebrate him since the time he saved Dubrovnik from the Arabs. According to the legend, he appeared in a dream of a town's rector and nobleman, warning him about the attack. It is believed that he was a Christian priest in Little Asia in the 4th century.
During these 5-6 days of festivities citizens of Dubrovnik are reminded of the value of freedom and importance of kindness to each other. An interesting fact is that, according to the law of Dubrovnik Republic, criminals and other offenders were set free from prosecution on St. Blaise day.
Holidays in Croatia in 2016
|Date||Weekday||Holiday name||Holiday type|
|Jan 1||Friday||New Year's Day||National holiday|
|Jan 6||Wednesday||Epiphany||National holiday|
|Mar 20||Sunday||March equinox||Season|
|Mar 27||Sunday||Easter Day||National holiday|
|Mar 28||Monday||>Easter Monday||National holiday|
|May 1||Sunday||Labor Day / May Day||National holiday|
|May 26||Thursday||Corpus Christi||National holiday|
|Jun 20||Monday||June Solstice||Season|
|Jun 22||Wednesday||Day of Antifascist Struggle||National holiday|
|Jun 25||Saturday||Statehood Day||National holiday|
|Aug 5||Friday||Homeland Thanksgiving Day||National holiday|
|Aug 15||Monday||Assumption of Mary||National holiday|
|Sep 22||Thursday||September equinox||Season|
|Oct 8||Saturday||Independence Day||National holiday|
|Nov 1||Tuesday||All Saints' Day||National holiday|
|Dec 21||Wednesday||December Solstice||Season|
|Dec 25||Sunday||Christmas Day||National holiday|
|Dec 26||Monday||St Stephen's Day||National holiday|