Iran Public Holiday

Iran Public Holiday
Annual Holidays in Iran:

The calendar used in Iran -the Persian calendar- is based on solar system which starts at the beginning of spring each year. Beside the weekend holiday here which is on Fridays there are also some more religious and/or non-religious holidays.

For non-religious holidays mostly is related to old days, connected to traditions of ancient Persia. For example at the beginning of the New Year –Nowruz- we have 4 bank holidays, or the 13th of the first month –the nature day- is also an official banking holiday.

As the official religion in Iran is Islam so there are some religious holidays based on Arabic – Lunar calendar which is changing – for some days- each year. Here we list some of these holidays.

Those written in black are just official holidays while those written in red historical sites and museums are closed as well.




9 Feb Martyrdom of Fatima 4 Jun Eid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)- Demise of Imam Khomeini
11 Feb Revolution Day 5 Jun Revolt of Khordad 15
20 Mar Birthday of Imam Ali 29 Jun Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
21 Mar Norouz (Persian New Year) 12 Aug Eid-e-Ghorban (Feast of Sacrifice)
22 Mar Norouz Holiday 20 Aug Eid-al-Ghadir
23 Mar Norouz Holiday 9 Sep Tassoua
24 Mar Norouz Holiday 10 Sep Ashura
1 Apr Martyrdom of Imam Kazem 19 October Arbaeen
2 Apr  Nature Day (Sizdah bedar) 27 Oct Martrydom of prophet Mohammad
3 Apr  Prophet’s Ascension 28 Oct Martyrdom of Imam Reza
21 Apr Imam Mahdi’s birthday 6 Nov Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari
26 May  Martyrdom of Imam Ali 15 Nov Birthday of prophet Mohammad





28 January   Martyrdom of Fatima 24 & 25  May Eid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)
11 Februray Revolution Day 3 June Demise of Imam Khomeini
8 March Birthday of Imam Ali 4 June Revolt of Khordad 15
19 March Oil Nationalization Day 17 June Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
20 March Norouz (Persian New Year) 31 July Eid-e-Ghorban (Feast of Sacrifice)
21 March Norouz Holiday 8 Auguest Eid-al-Ghadir
22 March Norouz Holiday 28 Auguest Tassoua
23 March Norouz Holiday 29 Auguest   Ashura
31 March Islamic Republic Day 7 October Arbaeen
1 April  Nature Day (Sizdah bedar) 15 October Martrydom of prophet Mohammad
8 April  Imam Mahdi’s birthday 17 October Martyrdom of Imam Reza
14 May  Martyrdom of Imam Ali 25 October Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari
 3 November Birthday of Prophet Mohammad


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