Public holidays in Slovenia

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There are two kinds of public holidays in Sloveniastate holidays and work-free days. State holidays are those celebrated by the state. These include official functions and flying the national flag. The latter are actually Catholic religious holidays, which are equivalent to any Sunday: companies and schools are closed, but there is no official celebration.

9 of 14 state holiday days are work-free, and there are additional 6 work-free days in Slovenia. [1] Two of them always fall on Sunday, thus, there are effectively at most 13 work-free days in Slovenia.

State holidays that are work-free are shown in pale green, while work-free days that are not state holidays (coinciding with Catholic religious holidays) are shown in blue.

DateEnglish nameSlovene nameRemarks
1 January – 2 January New Year's Day novo letoState holiday, work-free. From 1955 until May 2012, when the National Assembly of Slovenia passed the Public Finance Balance Act , 2 January was a work-free day. [2] [3] It was reintroduced in 2017. [4]
8 February Preseren Day Prešernov danState holiday, work-free. Anniversary of the death of Slovenian poet France Prešeren, established as the national cultural day in 1944, work-free since 1991. [5]
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday velikonočna nedelja in ponedeljek, velika nočWork-free days, in March or April (date varies).
27 AprilDay of Uprising Against Occupationdan upora proti okupatorjuState holiday, work-free. Formerly Liberation Front Day (dan Osvobodilne fronte), marks the establishment in 1941 of the Anti-Imperialist Front to fight "imperialists", later renamed the Liberation Front to fight the German, Italian, Hungarian, and Croatian partition and annexation of Slovenia.
1 May  2 May May Day praznik delaState holiday, work-free from 1949. [3]
Whit Sunday binkoštna nedelja, binkoštiWork-free day (it is always on Sunday), in May or June, fifty days after the Easter (date varies).
25 June Statehood Day dan državnostiState holiday, work-free. Commemorates the act of independence in 1991.
15 August Assumption Day Marijino vnebovzetjeWork-free day since 1992. [6]
31 October Reformation Day dan reformacijeState holiday since 1992, work-free day. [7]
1 November All Saints Day dan spomina na mrtveState holiday, work-free. Before 1991, in the time of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia, it was named dan mrtvih ('day of the dead'). [8]
25 December Christmas Day božičWork-free day. Abolished in 1953 and re-instituted in 1991. [3]
26 December Independence and Unity Day dan samostojnosti in enotnostiState holiday, work free. Commemorates the proclamation of the independence plebiscite results in 1990.

In addition to these, several other holidays are traditionally and popularly celebrated by the people of Slovenia, although not being work-free. The best known are:

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