Sunday 8 March - Mother's Day in Afghanistan (also Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)
Saturday 2 January - The second day of New Year (a holiday in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine). New Year Holiday (Albania, Scotland), if it is a Sunday, the day moves to January 3
Tirana is the heart of the country with a vibrant and youthful atmosphere.
Albania is one of the European countries with a long history of growing grapes. Raki is the national drink. Albanians do not call their country Albania, instead the name for the nation in the country’s mother tongue is Shqipëri which is often translated as The Land of Eagles.
The oldest lake in Europe is found in Albania. The lake, known as Ohrid, is one of the world’s ancient lakes. The country has 13 small islands. Only two of them are more than 1 square kilometre. Albania’s largest and busiest seaport, Port of Durrës, is among the biggest passenger ports along the Adriatic Sea. Albania has lovely beaches along is Adriatic coast, in fact, the famous island of Corfu is very few kilometers away from it and can be seen on a clear day.
The second largest deposits of oil in the Balkans region are found in Albania.
A variety of 3,250 plant species can be found in the country, which is almost one third of all plant species found in Europe. 91 animal species declared globally endangered can are found in the country.
The heroine of Albania is Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Better known to the rest of the world as Mother Teresa.
You’re likely to notice a large number of scarecrows in odd places. Albanians believe that a scarecrow placed on a home or other building while it’s under construction will ward off envy from the neighbours.