Public holidays in Iran

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Iran uses three official calendar systems, including the Persian calendar (Solar) as the main and national calendar, the Gregorian calendar for international events and Christian holidays, and the Lunar calendar for Islamic holidays.

The surfeit of public holidays has been a subject of concern for almost 30 years. A substantial number of unofficial holidays are added each year to the national holidays that further aggravate the situation.[1]

Iran has the most public holidays in the world with around 25 holidays. The holidays in Iran may differ regarding the Arabic Calendar.[1][2]

(Some of the) Solar Events
Date Event Local Name Remarks
Farvardin 1-4 Nowruz (March 21) نوروز - Nowruz The Persian New Year
Farvardin 12 Islamic Republic Day روز جمهوری اسلامی - Ruz e Jomhuri ye Eslāmi
Farvardin 13 Sizdah Bedar (April 2) سیزده بدر Commonly pronounced and spelled Sizdah Bedar
Khordad 14 Death of Khomeini رحلت خمینی - Rehlat e Xomeyni
Khordad 15 Revolt of Khordad 15 قیام ۱۵ خرداد - Qiām e Pānzdah e Xordād
Bahman 22 The 1979 Revolution انقلاب بنجاه و هفت - Enqelāb e Panjāh o Haft Officially the Islamic Revolution
Esfand 29 Nationalization of Oil Industry ملی شدن صنعت نفت - Melli Šodan e Saneat e Naft
Lunar Events
Date Event
Muharram 9 Tasu'a
Muharram 10 Ashura
Safar 20 Arba'een
Safar 28 Demise of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Hassan (Mujtaba)
Safar 29 or 30 Martyrdom of Imam Reza
Rabi'-ul-Awwal 17 Birth of Muhammad and Imam Jafar
Jamaad-ath-Thaanee 3 Martyrdom of Fatima
Rajab 13 Birth of Imam Ali
Rajab 27 Mission of Muhammad
Sha'aban 15 Birth of Imam Mahdi
Ramadhan 21 Martyrdom of Imam Ali
Shawwal 1 Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadhan)
Shawwal 2 Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadhan)
Shawwal 25 Martyrdom of Imam Jafar
Dh-ul-Hajja 10 Eid ul-Adha (Ghurban)
Dh-ul-Hajja 18 Eid al-Ghadeer

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  1. ^ Iran Daily - National - 11/11/08 at the Wayback Machine (archived May 15, 2009)

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