Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • 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.
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July:  Baščaršija Nights, Sarajevo (summer arts festival)

July 17–22:  International Folklore Festival, Sarajevo (folk dancing)

July 25–26 (likely): Old Bridge Dives, Mostar (diving competition off the Old Bridge)

August 14–22:  Sarajevo Film Festival

August 15:  Assumption Day (Catholic)

August 28:  Assumption of Mary (Orthodox)

September:  Mostar Blues & Rock Festival

September 18–26 (likely):  Ballet Fest, Sarajevo

September 24–25:  Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, Muslim holiday)

Late October:  International Theater Festival ("MESS"), Sarajevo

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

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

November 3–8:  Sarajevo Jazz Fest

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–March:  Sarajevo Winter (arts festival)

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

March 25–28:  (Western) Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

April 6:  Anniversary of the 1992 Siege of Sarajevo

May 1:  Orthodox Easter, also Labor Day (closures)

May 2:  Second Labor Day (some closures)

May 9:  Victory Day (Serbian areas only)

May 26:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 6–July 7:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

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

July:  Baščaršija Nights, Sarajevo (summer arts festival)