Algeria Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.


Algeria is a North African country that currently celebrates 9 official public holidays yearly. National holidays are regulated under law n63/278 published July 26, 1963. Labour laws in Algeria enforced that all workers are paid for public holidays and given the day off. If employees require to work on the public holiday, they are entitled for overtime paid for their work instead of regular paid. This is to compensate them for missed the holiday by spending their public holiday at work.

Any changes to public holidays will publish in the General Publication. Most of the holidays celebrated in Algeria are based on the Muslim faith. As Muslim holidays are based on the lunar cycle and dates will vary each year. Government announces public holidays for the following year at the end of December.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
1 MayMonLabour Day - Commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement
26 JunMonEid-ul-Fitr - End of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
5 JulWedIndependence Day - Commemorating Algeria's independence from France on 5 July 1962
1 SeptFriEid ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
21 SeptThursMuharram / Islamic New Year - Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and a time of remembrance or mourning. Marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year
30 SeptSatAshura - The 10th day of the month of Muharram. Commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH
1 NovWedAnniversary of the Revolution - Marks the birth of the 'National Liberation Front' in 1954
1 DecFriMawlid - Is the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad which is celebrated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar

1 JanWedNew Year's Day
13 JanMonMawlid - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
1 MayThursLabour Day
5 JulSatIndependence Day
28 JulMonEid-ul-Fitr - The end of Ramadan
4 OctSatEid ul-Adha - Sacrifice Feast
25 OctSatMuharram - Islamic New Year
1 NovSatAnniversary of the Revolution
3 NovMonAshura

1 JanThursNew Year's Day
3 JanSatMawlid - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
1 MayFriLabour Day
5 JulSunIndependence Day
18 JulSatEid-ul-Fitr - The end of Ramadan
23 SeptWedEid ul-Adha - Sacrifice Feast
13 OctTueMuharram - Islamic New Year
23 OctFriAshura
1 NovSunAnniversary of the Revolution
24 DecThursMawlid - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
1 MaySunLabour Day
5 JulTueIndependence Day
7 JulThursEid-ul-Fitr - The end of Ramadan
11 SeptSunEid ul-Adha - Sacrifice Feast
2 OctSunMuharram - Islamic New Year
11 OctTueAshura
1 NovTueAnniversary of the Revolution
12 DecMonMawlid - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
1 MayTueLabour Day
15 JunFriEid-ul-Fitr (The end of Ramadan)
5 JulThursIndependence Day (Independence from France in 1962)
22 AugWedEid ul-Adha (Sacrifice Feast)
11 SeptTueMuharram (Islamic New Year)
20 SeptThursAshura (10th day of Muharram)
1 NovThursAnniversary of the Revolution (Marks the birth of the 'National Liberation Front' in 1954)
20 NovTueMawlid - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

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