Public Holidays Serbia 2024

Serbia is a country with a rich history, diverse cultural heritage, and a blend of natural beauty and urban vibrancy. It continues to evolve, balancing its traditional roots with contemporary development.

List of National and Public Holidays in Serbia for the year 2018

  • New Year’s Day – Monday, 1 January 2024
  • New Year Holiday – Tuesday, 2 January 2024
  • Orthodox Christmas Day – Sunday, 7 January 2024
  • National Day – Thursday, 15 February 2024
  • National Day Holiday – Friday, 16 February 2024

  • May Day – Wednesday, 1 May 2024
  • May Day Holiday – Thursday, 2 May 2024
  • Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, 3 May 2024
  • Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, 6 May 2024
  • Armistice Day – Monday, 11 November 2024
Flag of Serbia
Flag of Serbia


  • Early History: Inhabited since prehistoric times, Serbia’s history is marked by various tribes and empires, including the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian.
  • Medieval Kingdom: Flourished as a medieval kingdom under the Nemanjić dynasty, noted for its cultural and religious achievements.
  • Ottoman Rule and Independence: Fell under Ottoman rule in the 15th century. Gained independence in the 19th century, leading to the formation of the modern Serbian state.
  • Yugoslavia and After: Part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and later Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia became an independent republic in 2006.


  • Location and Landscape: Located in the Balkans and Central Europe, Serbia is landlocked, bordered by Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
  • Diverse Terrain: Features a mix of plains in the north (Vojvodina region), and mountains and valleys in the south. The Danube River is a significant geographical feature.


  • Rich Heritage: A blend of Eastern and Western influences, Serbia’s culture is reflected in its literature, music, dance, and art.
  • Traditions and Festivals: Known for its traditional music and dance, particularly folklore. Hosts numerous cultural events, including the EXIT music festival and the Guča Trumpet Festival.
  • Cuisine: Serbian cuisine is diverse, with influences from Mediterranean, Hungarian, Turkish, and Austrian cuisines. Dishes like ćevapi, sarma, and ajvar are popular.


  • Post-Industrial Economy: Transitioned from an industrial-based economy to a more service-oriented one. Major sectors include energy, automotive, machinery, and agriculture.
  • Challenges: Economic challenges include unemployment, infrastructural development, and attracting foreign investment.


  • Demographics: Predominantly ethnic Serbs, with significant Hungarian, Roma, and other minority communities.
  • Education and Healthcare: Has a well-developed education system and universal healthcare, with ongoing efforts to improve quality and access.


  • Natural Beauty: Home to national parks like Đerdap and Tara, known for their scenic beauty and biodiversity.
  • Environmental Issues: Challenges include air pollution, water quality, and conservation of natural habitats.

Arts and Literature

  • Literary Tradition: Rich literary heritage with notable authors like Ivo Andrić (Nobel Prize winner) and Miloš Crnjanski.
  • Visual Arts: Strong tradition in painting and sculpture, with modern and contemporary art growing in prominence.


  • Popular Sports: A strong sporting tradition, particularly in basketball, football, and tennis. Serbia has produced renowned athletes like Novak Djokovic.

International Relations

  • Global and Regional Role: Active in international diplomacy, particularly in regional Balkan and European affairs.
Fruška Gora national park in Serbia
Fruška Gora national park in Serbia (artistic rendering)


  • Attractions: Offers a blend of historical sites, vibrant city life, and natural landscapes. Key destinations include Belgrade, Novi Sad, the monasteries of Fruška Gora, and the spas of Vrnjačka Banja.
  • Cultural Tourism: Rich in historical and cultural attractions, including medieval fortresses, monasteries, and vibrant cultural festivals.

Challenges and Future Outlook

  • Economic and Social Development: Focused on economic growth, social reform, and integration into European structures.
  • Preservation of Heritage: Emphasis on preserving cultural and historical heritage while promoting modern cultural expressions.