Public Holidays in Syria
Tucked away in the heart of the Middle East, Syria is a land steeped in ancient history, diverse cultures, and indomitable spirit. Its public holidays not only honor religious faiths and national moments but also express the resilience and unity of its people. Below is a list of Syria's public holidays.
New Year's Day (1st January)
- Origins: A universal celebration welcoming the new Gregorian calendar year.
- Traditions: Family gatherings, feasts, and hope-filled celebrations usher in the new year.
Revolution Day (8th March)
- Origins: Commemorates the Ba'athist coup in 1963.
- Traditions: Government-led events and ceremonies mark this political turning point in Syrian history.
Mother's Day (21st March)
- Origins: A day dedicated to honoring and appreciating mothers and maternal figures.
- Traditions: Families pamper their mothers with gifts, flowers, and heartfelt messages, celebrating their immeasurable contributions.
Eid al-Fitr (Date varies based on the lunar calendar)
- Origins: Celebrated by Muslims worldwide, marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
- Traditions: After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection, Syrians come together for communal prayers, festive meals, and the sharing of gifts.
Eid al-Adha (Date varies based on the lunar calendar)
- Origins: Another globally celebrated Muslim festival, commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son in obedience to God's command.
- Traditions: Ritual sacrifice of animals symbolizes faith and commitment, with the meat distributed among family, neighbors, and the needy.
Assumption of Mary (15th August)
- Origins: Celebrates the belief in the Virgin Mary's bodily ascent to heaven.
- Traditions: Syrian Christians attend church services, processions, and family gatherings, honoring Mary's pivotal role in Christian theology.
Eid al-Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday; date varies based on the lunar calendar)
- Origins: Marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
- Traditions: Religious ceremonies, communal prayers, and festive meals express the deep reverence Syrians hold for the Prophet Muhammad.
Christmas Day (25th December)
- Origins: Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Traditions: Syrian Christians decorate homes and churches, attend midnight masses, and gather with families to share festive meals.
Independence Day (17th April)
- Origins: Commemorates Syria's independence from French mandate in 1946.
- Traditions: National flag hoisting, parades, and cultural events mark this pivotal moment in Syria's journey as a sovereign nation.
Syria's public holidays weave a tapestry that mirrors its rich history, diverse religious tapestry, and enduring spirit. Each celebration, religious or national, tells a story of Syria's ancient roots, its cultural mosaic, and its aspirations for a united, peaceful future. In understanding these holidays, one gains a deeper appreciation of the Syrian soul — resilient, diverse, and ever-hopeful.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas Day||December 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Revolution Day||March 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Mothers' Day||March 21||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Gregorian Easter||March 31||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr||April 10||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 11||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr Holiday||April 12||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Evacuation Day||April 17||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Labour Day||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Julian Easter||May 05||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|Martyrs' Day||May 06||Monday||Public Holiday|