Public holidays in Iran

Iran uses three official calendar systems, including the Solar Hijri calendar as the main and national calendar, the Gregorian calendar for international events and Christian holidays, and the Islamic calendar (Lunar calendar) for Islamic holidays.

The surfeit of public holidays has been a subject of concern for almost 30 years. A substantial number of unofficial holidays are added each year to the national holidays that further aggravate the situation.[1]

Iran has the most public holidays in the world with around 25 holidays. The holidays in Iran may differ regarding the Arabic Calendar.

(Some of the) Solar Events
DateEventLocal NameRemarks
Farvardin 1-4Nowruz (March 21) نوروز - NowruzThe Persian New Year
Farvardin 12Islamic Republic Day روز جمهوری اسلامی - Ruz e Jomhuri ye Eslāmi
Farvardin 13Sizdah Bedar (April 2) سیزده بدرCommonly pronounced and spelled Sizdah Bedar
Khordad 14Death of Khomeini رحلت آیت الله خمینی - Rehlat e Xomeyni
Khordad 15Revolt of Khordad 15 قیام ۱۵ خرداد - Qiām e Pānzdah e Xordād
Bahman 22Anniversary of Islamic Revolution انقلاب اسلامی پنجاه و هفت - Enqelāb e EslāmiOfficially the Islamic Revolution
Esfand 29Nationalization of Oil Industry ملی شدن صنعت نفت - Melli Šodan e Saneat e Naft
Lunar Events
Muharram 9Tasua
Muharram 10Ashura
Safar 20Arbaeen
Safar 28Demise of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Hassan (Mujtaba)
Safar 29 or 30Martyrdom of Imam Reza
Rabi'-ul-Awwal 17Birth of Muhammad and Imam Jafar
Jamaad-ath-Thaanee 3Martyrdom of Fatima
Rajab 13Birth of Imam Ali
Rajab 27Mission of Muhammad
Sha'aban 15Birth of Imam Mahdi
Ramadhan 21Martyrdom of Imam Ali
Shawwal 1Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadhan)
Shawwal 25Martyrdom of Imam Jafar
Dh-ul-Hajja 10Eid ul-Adha (Ghurban)
Dh-ul-Hajja 18Eid al-Ghadeer

See also


  1. "Iran Daily - National - 11/11/08". Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
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