The Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia and Sretenje - Presentation of Jesus at the Temple are celebrated on 15th February. More important information - absolutely non-working days are 15th and 16th February. Many people will use a mini vacation to travel. Whoever does not travel out of town can use the non-working Friday, Saturday and Sunday the following way.
Three days in a row when you can do whatever you want are not to be underestimated. Weather will be cold, possibly with snow. If you are not a supporter of cold weather activities, the option of staying in nature is out. If you do not care about the winter, check the long list of what to see in Belgrade and visit some of the symbols of the city.
Organized city entertainment will be especially interesting due to holidays and non-working days. The event calendar contains all relevant events throughout the city. Whether you are up for a concert, an exhibition, a number of free events, or one of the activities for schoolchildren who are on holiday until 17th February, you will find a manifestation to your taste in the calendar.
The Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates Presentation of Jesus at the Temple exactly forty days after Christmas. It is believed that the first encounter between Savior Jesus Christ and the people occurred then. The same holiday was also the Statehood Day of Serbia until the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and it has been the state holiday again since 2002. It is always celebrated for two days and those are always non-working days because several key events for the history of Serbs occurred on Sretenje (Presentation of Jesus at the Temple).
The First Serbian Uprising began on Sretenje in Orasac in 1804. Sretenje Constitution - The Constitution of the Principality of Serbia - the first democratic constitution was adopted in Kragujevac in 1835, and this is why this day was celebrated as the Constitution Day. Since 2006, Sretenje has been celebrated as the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia and the Army of Serbia.