Holidays in Iran

Like other countries, there are holidays in Iran that should be noted, and because in these days all government agencies and some other centers are closed so it can delay your travel or contact with Iranians.

Currently, the total number of official holidays in Iran are 27 days, of these, 10 days are national and 17 days are religious holidays. Every occasion, given its importance, has its own number of holidays, some of them are celebrations, some are mourning and some are none. In many of them people attend ceremonies or rituals that can be attractive to you. For more information on some of them, see the “Cultural” category. National holidays have fixed dates (solar) but religious holidays have variable dates (lunar) and you can see them in the tables below. The second table shows the religious holidays of 2019 and 2020.

Holidays in Iran

National Holidays

DescriptionAD DateSolar DateOccasion
NowruzMarch 21Farvardin 1The beginning of the Solar New Year
NowruzMarch 22Farvardin 2Iran’s ancient Eid
NowruzMarch 23Farvardin 3Iran’s ancient Eid
NowruzMarch 24Farvardin 4Iran’s ancient Eid
Sizdah Be-darApril 2Farvardin 13Respect for Nature
Islamic Republic DayApril 1Farvardin 12Referendum of Islamic Republic System
The death of Imam KhomeiniJune 4Khordad 14Death of the founder of the Islamic Republic
The 15 Khordad uprisingJune 5Khordad 15Oppression of revolutionaries by Pahlavi dictatorship.
Victory of the Revolution 1979February 11Bahman  22Victory of the people’s revolution against the Pahlavi dictatorship
The nationalization of the Iranian oil industryMarch 19Esfand 29The nationalization of the Iranian oil industry by Ayatollah Kashani

Religious Holidays

AD Date in 2020AD Date in 2019Lunar DateOccasion
August 29September 9Muharram 9Tasoa
August 31September 10Muharram 10Ashura
October 9October 19Safar 20Arbaine
October 19October 27Safar 28Testimony of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and Imam Hassan (PBUH)
October 29October 29End of SafarTestimony of Imam Reza (PBUH)
October 25November 9Rabi’a Alavol 8

Testimony of Imam Hassan Askari (PBUH) and Beginning of Imamate of Imam Mahdi (PBUH)

November 4November 15Rabi’a Alavol 17

Birth of Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and Imam Sadiq (PBUH)

November 14February 9Jamadi al-Thani 3Testimony of  Fatima al-Zahra (PBUH)
November 24March 20Rajab 13

Birthday of Imam Ali (PBUH)

December 4April 3Rajab 27

Mab’ath (Prophet’s (PBUH) first revelation)

December 14April 21Shaaban 15

Birthday of Imam Mahdi (PBUH)

December 24May 27Ramadan 21

Testimony of Imam Ali (PBUH)

January 3June 5Shawwal 1

Eid al-Fitr

January 13June 6Shawwal 2

Eid al-Fitr

January 23June 29Shawwal 25

Testimony of Imam Sadiq (PBUH)

February 2August 12

Dhu al-Hijjah 10

Eid al-Adha

February 12August 20

Dhu al-Hijjah 18

Eid Ghadir

Highlights of Calendars in Iran

• Iran Weekend Holidays are Thursdays and Fridays which are holiday and half-holiday respectively.

• The official calendar of Iran is Hijri Shamsi (Solar) based on the motions of the sun and like the Gregorian calendar has 365 days and a leap year.

• Iranians also use Hijri lunar calendar for their religious occasions, which is based on the movements of the moon and the calendar of Arab countries and its year is 10 days shorter than the solar calendar (355 days).

• Since the Lunar calendar is based on observations of the movement of the moon, sometimes during the year the moon’s length varies between 29 or 30 days, due to later or earlier seeing the crescent at the beginning of a month, and in this case the dates on the calendars will be wrong. Please note to this point in the events listed in the lunar events table.

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Holidays in Iran
Holidays in Iran