Public Holidays in Lebanon
Nestled on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, Lebanon is a country renowned for its rich history, diverse cultures, and vibrant celebrations. Its public holidays reflect a harmonious blend of religious traditions, cultural heritage, and national pride. Here are some of Lebanon's most significant and cherished public holidays.
Independence Day (Eid al-Istiqlal)
Independence Day on November 22nd commemorates Lebanon's liberation from French colonial rule in 1943. Celebrations include parades, fireworks, and patriotic displays.
Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
Lebanon celebrates both Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, with religious fervor. Families come together for special prayers and feasts.
Christmas and Easter
Lebanon's Christian population observes Christmas and Easter with grand festivities. Churches are adorned with decorations, and people gather for midnight Mass and joyful Easter celebrations.
Saint Maroun's Day
Saint Maroun, the patron saint of Lebanon, is celebrated on February 9th. Devotees visit his shrines and participate in religious processions.
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi)
This holiday honors the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Religious gatherings, lectures, and cultural events are held in his honor.
Eid al-Mawlid al-Nabawi
Lebanon celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with special prayers, feasts, and communal gatherings.
New Year's Day
New Year's Day on January 1st is welcomed with fireworks and festivities in major cities like Beirut.
Saint Barbara's Day
Saint Barbara's Day on December 4th is celebrated with special church services and traditional Lebanese sweets.
Lebanese Independence Day
Lebanese Independence Day on November 22nd marks the country's freedom from foreign rule. It's a time for reflection on Lebanon's history and aspirations for the future.
Public and Bank Holidays
Lebanon also observes Islamic holidays, and residents enjoy several public and bank holidays throughout the year, including Labor Day and Martyrs' Day.
These public holidays in Lebanon offer a glimpse into the nation's unique tapestry of faiths, cultures, and historical milestones. Whether you're experiencing the patriotic fervor of Independence Day, the spiritual reflections of Eid, or the joy of Christmas and Easter, Lebanon's holidays showcase its diverse identity and commitment to unity. They also provide visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Lebanon's rich traditions, witness its enduring resilience, and celebrate its vibrant tapestry of cultures.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Orthodox Christmas Day||January 06||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|St. Maroun Day||February 09||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Rafik Hariri Memorial Day||February 14||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Feast of the Annunciation||March 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||April 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Workers' Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Orthodox Good Friday||May 03||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Orthodox Easter Day||May 05||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Orthodox Easter Monday||May 06||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Liberation and Resistance Day||May 25||Saturday||Public Holiday|