Public Holidays in Iran
Iran, a land of ancient history and rich cultural traditions, celebrates a myriad of public holidays that reflect its deep-rooted heritage, religious significance, and national pride. Here are some of Iran's most important and cherished public holidays.
Nowruz - Persian New Year
Nowruz, which marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian New Year, is one of Iran's most significant holidays. Families come together to set up the "Haft-Seen" table with symbolic items, exchange gifts, and enjoy traditional foods.
Iran observes Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Fitr (celebrating the end of Ramadan) and Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) with special prayers, communal gatherings, and acts of charity.
Ashura is a solemn day of mourning that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a revered figure in Shia Islam. Processions, rituals, and recitations of elegies are held to remember this significant event.
Sizdah Bedar, also known as Nature Day, is observed on the 13th day of Nowruz. Iranians spend the day outdoors, enjoying picnics and nature to ward off bad luck.
Revolution Day on February 11th marks the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Celebrations include rallies, speeches, and cultural events.
National Army Day
National Army Day on April 18th honors the country's armed forces with military parades and exhibitions.
Iranians celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with prayers, religious gatherings, and cultural events.
Oil Nationalization Day
Oil Nationalization Day on March 20th commemorates the nationalization of Iran's oil industry in 1951.
Cyrus the Great Day
Cyrus the Great Day, observed on October 29th, celebrates the ancient Persian king's achievements and commitment to human rights.
Student Day on December 7th commemorates the 1953 killing of students during a protest against the visit of then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon.
These public holidays in Iran provide a window into the nation's deep spirituality, historical significance, and cultural diversity. Whether participating in the jubilance of Nowruz, the reverence of Ashura, or the patriotism of Revolution Day, Iran's holidays showcase its multifaceted identity and unwavering commitment to its traditions. Visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Iran's rich heritage, witness its enduring resilience, and celebrate its vibrant blend of history, religion, and culture.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima||December 17||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Birthday of Imam Ali and Father's Day||January 25||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|The Prophet's Ascension||February 08||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Revolution Day||February 11||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Imam Mahdi's birthday||February 25||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Oil Nationalization Day||March 20||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Nowruz (Persian New Year)||March 20||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Nowruz (Persian New Year) Holiday||March 21||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Nowruz (Persian New Year) Holiday||March 22||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Nowruz (Persian New Year) Holiday||March 23||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Islamic Republic Day||March 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrdom of Imam Ali||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Nature Day (Sizdah Bedar)||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Eid ul-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid ul-Fitr Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq||May 04||Saturday||Public Holiday|