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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The Iranian calendars are a succession of calendars invented or used for over two millennia in Iran (Persia). One of the longest chronological records in human history, the Iranian calendar has been modified time and again during its history to suit administrative, climatic, and religious purposes.

The modern Iranian calendar is now the official calendar in Iran. It begins at the midnight nearest to the instant of the vernal equinox as determined by astronomical calculations for the Iran Standard Time meridian (52.5°E or GMT+3.5h). It is, therefore, an observation-based calendar, unlike the Gregorian, which is rule-based.
The Iranian year usually begins within a day of 21 March of the Gregorian calendar. To find the corresponding year of the Gregorian calendar, add 621 or 622 (depending on the time of the year) to a solar Hijri year. A short table of year correspondences between the Persian and Gregorian calendars is provided below.

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

Iran Public Holidays in 2018

Date

Weekday

Holiday Name

Holiday Type

Feb 11
Sunday
Revolution Day
National holiday
Mar 20
Tuesday
March equinox
Season
Mar 20
Tuesday
Oil Nationalization Day
National holiday
Mar 21
Wednesday
Norooz (Persian New Year)
National holiday
Mar 22
Thursday
Norooz Holiday
National holiday
Mar 23
Friday
Norooz Holiday
National holiday
Mar 24
Saturday
Norooz Holiday
National holiday
Mar 30
Friday
Birthday of Imam Ali
National holiday
Apr 1
Sunday
Islamic Republic Day
National holiday
Apr 2
Monday
Nature Day
National holiday
Apr 13
Friday
Prophet’s Ascension
National holiday
May 2
Wednesday
Imam Mahdi’s birthday
National holiday
Jun 4
Monday
Anniversary of Khomeini’s Death
National holiday
Jun 5
Tuesday
Revolt of Khordad 15
National holiday
Jun 6
Wednesday
Martyrdom of Imam Ali
National holiday
Jun 15
Friday
Eid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)
National holiday
Jun 16
Saturday
Eid-e-Fetr (Additional Holiday)
National holiday
Jun 21
Thursday
June Solstice
Season
Jul 9
Monday
Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
National holiday
Aug 21
Tuesday
Eid-e-Ghorban (Feast of Sacrifice)
National holiday
Aug 29
Wednesday
Eid-e-Ghadir
National holiday
Sep 19
Wednesday
Tassoua
National holiday
Sep 20
Thursday
Ashura
National holiday
Sep 23
Sunday
September equinox
Season
Oct 29
Monday
Arbaeen
National holiday
Nov 7
Wednesday
Demise of Prophet Muhammad and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan
National holiday
Nov 8
Thursday
Martyrdom of Imam Reza
National holiday
Nov 25
Sunday
Birthday of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Sadeq
National holiday
Dec 21
Friday
December Solstice
Season
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