In 2023, Macedonia will celebrate a wide range of public holidays and observances, providing opportunities for both reflection and celebration.
Let’s take a closer look at the significant holidays and observances that will mark the calendar in North Macedonia in 2023.
|1 Jan||Sunday||New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|2 Jan||Monday||Day off for New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|6 Jan||Friday||Orthodox Christmas Eve||Optional Holiday|
|7 Jan||Saturday||Orthodox Christmas Day||National holiday, Orthodox|
|19 Jan||Thursday||Epiphany (Orthodox)||Optional Holiday|
|27 Jan||Friday||St Sava’s Day||Optional Holiday|
|14 Feb||Tuesday||Valentine’s Day||Observance|
|8 Mar||Wednesday||Mothers’ Day/International Women’s Day||Observance|
|20 Mar||Monday||March Equinox||Season|
|23 Mar||Thursday||Ramadan Start||Observance|
|26 Mar||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time starts||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|7 Apr||Friday||Good Friday||Observance|
|8 Apr||Saturday||Easter Saturday||Observance|
|8 Apr||Saturday||International Romani Day (for Romani community)||Optional Holiday|
|9 Apr||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Observance|
|10 Apr||Monday||Easter Monday||Optional Holiday|
|14 Apr||Friday||Good Friday (Orthodox)||Optional Holiday|
|15 Apr||Saturday||Easter Saturday (Orthodox)||Observance, Orthodox|
|16 Apr||Sunday||Easter Sunday (Orthodox)||Observance, Orthodox|
|17 Apr||Monday||Easter Monday (Orthodox)||National holiday, Orthodox|
|21 Apr||Friday||Eid al-Fitr||National holiday|
|1 May||Monday||Labor Day||National holiday|
|23 May||Tuesday||Vlach’s National Day (for Vlach community)||Optional Holiday|
|24 May||Wednesday||Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day||National holiday|
|2 Jun||Friday||Friday before Pentecost||Optional Holiday|
|21 Jun||Wednesday||June Solstice||Season|
|29 Jun||Thursday||Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (Tentative Date)||Optional Holiday|
|2 Aug||Wednesday||Republic Day||National holiday|
|28 Aug||Monday||Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Orthodox)||Optional Holiday|
|8 Sep||Friday||Independence Day||National holiday|
|10 Sep||Sunday||Fathers’ Day||Observance|
|23 Sep||Saturday||September Equinox||Season|
|25 Sep||Monday||First day of Yom Kippur (Jewish community)||Optional Holiday|
|28 Sep||Thursday||International Bosniaks’ Day (for Bosniak community)||Optional Holiday|
|11 Oct||Wednesday||Day of People’s Uprising||National holiday|
|23 Oct||Monday||Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle||National holiday|
|29 Oct||Sunday||Daylight Saving Time ends||Clock change/Daylight Saving Time|
|1 Nov||Wednesday||All Saints’ Day||Optional Holiday|
|22 Nov||Wednesday||Albanian Alphabet Day (Albanian community)||Optional Holiday|
|8 Dec||Friday||Saint Kliment Ohridski’s Day||National holiday|
|21 Dec||Thursday||Turkish Language Day (Turkish community)||Optional Holiday|
|22 Dec||Friday||December Solstice||Season|
|24 Dec||Sunday||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|25 Dec||Monday||Christmas Day||Optional Holiday|
|31 Dec||Sunday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
Get ready to mark your calendars and embrace the festive spirit as North Macedonia gears up to celebrate an array of public holidays in 2023.
From the joyous New Year’s Day and Orthodox Christmas to the empowering International Women’s Day and the patriotic Republic Day, these holidays offer a unique blend of cultural, religious, and historical significance.
New Year’s Day (January 1st)
As with many countries around the world, North Macedonia begins the year by celebrating New Year’s Day. It is a national holiday where people gather with family and friends, participate in festive events, and enjoy the first day of the year together.
Orthodox Christmas (January 7th)
North Macedonia follows the Orthodox Christian tradition, and Orthodox Christmas is an important holiday in the country. On January 7th, the nation celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Orthodox calendar.
It is a national holiday and is marked by religious services, family gatherings, and the exchange of gifts.
Easter (April 17th)
Easter, one of the most important Christian holidays, is celebrated in North Macedonia. The dates of Easter may vary each year as they are based on the Orthodox calendar.
The Orthodox Christian community celebrates Easter on April 17th, marking Easter Monday as a national holiday.
These days are observed with religious services, family gatherings, feasts, and traditional customs such as egg painting and egg tapping games.
Labor Day (May 1st)
Labor Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is observed as a national holiday in North Macedonia. It is a day to recognize and appreciate the contributions of workers to society and to advocate for workers’ rights.
Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day (May 24th)
This national holiday in North Macedonia commemorates the work and legacy of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the creators of the Glagolitic alphabet, which served as the basis for the Cyrillic script used in many Slavic languages, including Macedonian.
The day is celebrated with cultural events, exhibitions, and ceremonies that promote the Macedonian language and alphabet.
Republic Day (August 2nd)
Republic Day or the Day of the Republic or Ilinden is a major national holiday of Macedonia. It is celebrated on 2 August, which is also a major religious holiday – Ilinden. It commemorates two major events in the establishment of the statehood of the country which took place on this date:
- The Ilinden Uprising of 1903 which was organized by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization against the Ottoman Empire, and during which a short-lived Kruševo Republic was proclaimed, and
- The First Assembly of ASNOM of 1944, during World War II in Yugoslav Macedonia, which laid the foundation of the SR Macedonia.
On this day, various festivities, concerts, and official ceremonies take place to celebrate the country’s sovereignty and achievements.
Independence Day (September 8th)
Independence Day is another important national holiday in North Macedonia. It has been a national holiday since 1991, when, following a referendum for Independence, SR Macedonia gained its independence from Yugoslavia, where it was a federal state, and became a sovereign parliamentary democracy.
The day is celebrated with parades, concerts, cultural events, and fireworks, reflecting the country’s pride and patriotism.
Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle (October 23rd)
This national holiday in North Macedonia commemorates the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, which fought for the country’s independence during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The day is marked with wreath-laying ceremonies, cultural events, and educational programs to honor the nation’s revolutionary history.
The diversity of holidays reflects the cultural, religious, and historical variety of the country, providing opportunities for people of different backgrounds to come together and celebrate.
Whether it’s through religious ceremonies, cultural events, or time spent with loved ones, these holidays play an essential role in shaping the national identity and fostering unity among the people of Macedonia.