New year's Eve in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Global Storybook

How Does Bosnia and Herzegovina Celebrate the New Year’s Eve?

Irma Mirza

Irma Mirza

Irma Mirza is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
Irma is a passionate explorer, writer, traveler, and historian.
Irma Mirza

Saying goodbye to the old year, while celebrating the arrival of a new one, is a truly magical time in virtually every country in the world.  The New Year is an especially perfect opportunity for all the good stuff.  This is the time when families get together and old friends crowd around.  This is the time for expressing our best wishes, thoughts, and emotions.  A holiday in which you might see someone you haven’t seen in awhile and make up for all the lost time.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not an exception.  The New Year’s Eve here is one of the most celebrated events in the entire country, and all three nations celebrate it together.  So how do people welcome a New Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina?  In numerous cheerful, happy and positive ways.

Holidays in BosniaNew Year’s Fever in the Country

Weeks before the greatest Catholic holiday – Christmas, the cities both large and small, are getting decorated with bright and festive colors.  The special holiday atmosphere takes over every part of the country.  People become carefree, satisfied, content and pleased.  It’s like a special holiday spirit that rolls up and one cannot resist joining in.

After Christmas, there comes the New Year’s fever.  Normally quiet and half-empty streets become crowded with people.  Shopping malls organize sales and there are long lines at the registers.  Everyone is looking forward to hosting the best New Year’s Eve party ever.  That’s why this time around it can get truly hectic in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

But the best part about the New Year’s fever is that all the crowds, busy markets, streets, malls and stores do not cause anxiety and anger in people.  On the contrary – everyone smiles, greets the others, jokes and patiently awaits their turn.  The New Year’s Eve fever in Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the best things about this lovely holiday.

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NYE celebrations in Bosnia and HerzegovinaNew Year’s Eve in Bosnian-Herzegovinian Capital

Public celebrations in Sarajevo are a long-standing tradition.  The central New Year’s Eve festivities are regularly organized in all bigger Bosnian-Herzegovinian cities.  However, Sarajevo, as the capital, has the best and largest celebration activities.  The primary place where all the major events take place is usually at the main city square (Trg Bosne i Hercegovine).

Every year, the central stage hosts some of the most popular regional music performers.  Hence countless people from neighboring countries, such as Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro, visit Sarajevo to ring in the New Year in warm and welcoming surroundings.

On December 30th, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra will usually throw their biggest concert for all the classical music lovers.  Apart from public celebrations, numerous clubs, hotels and restaurants will organize their own, private parties, as well.  Therefore, no matter your preferences – you will surely have different fun options to choose from.

New year's Eve in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Global StorybookOther Cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina Have Their Own Celebrations

Similar festivities will take place in other well-known Bosnian-Herzegovinian cities, such as Zenica, Mostar, and Banja Luka.  Squares, main streets, and parks are reserved for the outdoor gatherings, concerts and cheerful celebrations.  While restaurants and clubs will offer an indoor holiday atmosphere, including a vast variety of food delicacies, drinks and great music.

Public and private party organizers usually announce the best celebrations in the country well in advance, so that everyone has a chance to pick how exactly they’d like to spend their New Year’s Eve.

After 10 years of not having any public celebrations, Mostar’s authorities happily announced that they will also host some outdoors, as well as private indoors events, starting 2017.  You can also visit the so-called Advent City with its great variety of options and different celebrations.

The city of Banja Luka usually organizes its main New Year’s events at the main city square (Trg Krajine).  Local authorities commonly plan a three-day festivity here.  Numerous regional and local singers, as well as bands, including the popular Lexington band will give a performance there.

main city street and fireworks in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Global Storybook

The main street in Banja Luka on the New Year’s Eve

Mountains Are Popular Destinations for the New Year’s Eve Festivities

A country which hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1984 can indeed praise itself for numerous beautiful mountains.  Each of which is actually unique and special in its own way.  Some of the most popular are the Vlašić, Bjelašnica, and Jahorina.

Apart from a great variety of Winter sports, these mountains regularly organize the New Year’s Eve festivities, which have gained a huge popularity recently.  You can not only enjoy skiing, you can also attend fun public gatherings and the outdoor celebrations, breathing in clean mountain air while enjoying the unspoiled nature around you.

Christmas Holiday Markets in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vlašić usually has the best celebrations.  In 2017, Vlašić is organizing its biggest event with around 10,000 attendees, a central stage with numerous local bands, singers and fireworks.  Something similar is expected in Bjelašnica.  Celebrations usually take place for two or three days, though visitors can stay even longer if they want to spend some additional time skiing or skateboarding.

In addition, Jahorina will host one of the best Balkan singers, Željko Joksimović in 2017.  Visitors from abroad, as well as from the entire region, have already pre-booked their accommodations at this lovely Bosnian-Herzegovinian retreat.  So what are you waiting for?  Come and explore for yourself!

ski-resort hotel Termag, Jahorina, Sarajevo, Bosnia

A beautiful ski-resort in Termag, Jahorina

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