Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Muslim, Catholic, and Orthodox holidays and festivals are all celebrated in Bosnia-Herzegovina (depending on the region).
  • 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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2018

April 6:  Anniversary of the 1992 Siege of Sarajevo

April 6–9:  Orthodox Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 2:  Second Labor Day (some closures)

May 9:  Victory Day (Serbian areas only; closures)

May 15–June 15:  Ramadan (Muslim holy month)

May 31:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June 29–June 30:  Mostar Summer Fest (open-air music festival featuring local rock bands)

July (all month):  Baščaršija Nights, Sarajevo (summer arts festival)

Mid-July (3 days):  Mostar Blues & Rock Festival

Late July:  Old Bridge Dives, Mostar (diving competition off the Old Bridge)

August 10–17:  Sarajevo Film Festival

August 15:  Assumption Day (Catholic)

August 22:  Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha, Muslim holiday; some closures)

August 28:  Assumption of Mary (Orthodox)

September 8–10:  Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition off Old Bridge, Mostar

September 29–October 7 (likely):  International Theater Festival ("MESS"), Sarajevo

October 31–November 3:  Sarajevo Jazz Fest

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

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

November 21:  Dayton Agreement Day (Serbian areas only; some closures)

November 25:  Statehood Day (closures)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (some closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day/St. Stephen's Day (some closures)

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (Nova Godina; closures)

January 2:  Second New Year's Day (Drugi dan Nove Godine; closures)

January 6:  Epiphany (Bogojavljenje); also Orthodox Christmas Eve

January 7:  Orthodox Christmas (Božić)

January 9:  Republic Day (only in Serbian areas)

February–March (7 weeks):  Sarajevo Winter (arts festival)

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

April 19–April 22:  Western Easter Weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)