Iraq 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.

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
6 JanFriArmy Day (عيد الجيش العراقي) - Marks the anniversary of the activation of the Iraqi Army on 6 January 1921
21 MarTueEid Norooz / Nowruz (عيد نوروز) - Spring Festival. Persian New Year / Iranian New Year. Celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year
1 MayMonLabour Day - Annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers
25 JunSunEid Al Fitr (عيد الفطر) - 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
26 JunMonEid Al Fitr (عيد الفطر) - End of Ramadan Holiday
27 JunTueEid Al Fitr (عيد الفطر) - End of Ramadan Holiday
14 JulFriRepublic Day - 14 July 1958 is the day the Hashemite monarchy was overthrown in Iraq by popular forces led by Abdul Karim Kassem, who became the nation's new leader
1 SeptFriEid Al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
2 SeptSatEid Al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice Holiday. Date varies on Lunar Cycle
3 SeptSunEid Al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice Holiday. Date varies on Lunar Cycle
4 SeptMonEid Al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) - Feast of the Sacrifice Holiday. Date varies on Lunar Cycle
21 SeptThursHijri New Year (رأس السنة الهجرية) - Islamic New Year. The first day of the year based on the lunar Islamic calendar
30 SeptSatAshura (عاشوراء) - Remembrance of Muharram, and commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH
3 OctTueIraqi Independence Day - Iraqi National Day. Celebrates the independence of Iraq from the United Kingdom in 1932
1 DecFriBirthday of Prophet Muhammad (المولد النبوي) - Commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world
25 DecMonChristmas (Christian only) - Celebrate the birth of Christ

DateDayHoliday
1 JanThursNew Year's Day
2 JanFriMawlid al-Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday)
6 JanTueArmy Day (Expect Kurdistan)
21 MarSatEid Norooz (Spring Festival. Persian New Year)
1 MayFriLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot at Chicago)
14 JulTueRepublic Day
17 JulFriEid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
18 JulSatEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
19 JulSunEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
24 SeptThursEid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
25 SeptFriEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
26 SeptSatEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
27 SeptSunEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
3 OctSatIraqi Independence Day (National Day)
14 OctWedIslamic New Year (Hijri New Year)
23 OctFriAshura (10th day of Muharram)
23 DecWedMawlid al-Nabi (2nd time in 2015 due to Lunar cycles)
25 DecFriChristmas (Christian only)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanFriNew Year's Day
6 JanWedArmy Day (Expect Kurdistan)
21 MarMonEid Norooz (Spring Festival. Persian New Year)
1 MaySunLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot at Chicago)
7 JulThursEid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
8 JulFriEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
9 JulSatEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
14 JulThursRepublic Day
20 JulWedPublic Holiday (Government holiday due to heatwave)
21 JulThursPublic Holiday (Government holiday due to heatwave)
11 SeptSunEid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
12 SeptMonEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
13 SeptTueEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
14 SeptWedEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
2 OctSunIslamic New Year (Hijri New Year)
3 OctMonIraqi Independence Day (National Day)
11 OctTueAshura (10th day of Muharram)
12 DecMonMawlid al-Nabi
25 DecSunChristmas (Christian only)

DateDayHoliday
1 JanMonNew Year's Day
6 JanSatArmy Day (Expect Kurdistan)
21 MarWedEid Norooz (Spring Festival. Persian New Year)
1 MayTueLabour Day (International observances began with the Haymarket Riot at Chicago)
15 JunFriEid Al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
16 JunSatEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
17 JunSunEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
18 JunMonEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
19 JunTueEid Al Fitr Holiday (End of Ramadan)
14 JulSatRepublic Day
22 AugWedEid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
23 AugThursEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
24 AugFriEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
25 AugSatEid Al-Adha Holiday (Date varies on Lunar Cycle)
11 SeptTueIslamic New Year (Hijri New Year)
20 SeptThursAshura (10th day of Muharram)
3 OctWedIraqi Independence Day (National Day)
20 NovTueMawlid al-Nabi
25 DecTueChristmas (Christian only)

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