Iran public holidays (2022)

 

Like any other country, Iran has its Public Holidays. Some of these holidays are national, and some are religious and ceremonies. The first two weeks of the Iranian new year, AKA Nowruz or the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, are national events, Eid al-Fitr, a religious holiday like Tasua and Ashura.

Since the religious holiday is related to the lunar calendar and is different from the official Iranian-Solar calendar, the holidays change every year. On the other hand, Public Holidays do not necessarily mean that everywhere, including tourist attractions, is closed.

Therefore, knowing these days and in which holidays the historical or cultural site is open to visiting or not is a necessity of your trip.

The following information will come in handy:

6 Jan Martyrdom of Fatima
11 Feb Revolution Day
15 Feb Birthday of Imam Ali
1 Mar Prophet’s Ascension
18 Mar Imam Mahdi’s birthday
20 Mar Oil Nationalization Day
21 Mar Norooz (Persian New Year)
22 Mar Norooz Holiday
23 Mar Norooz Holiday
24 Mar Norooz Holiday
1 Apr Islamic Republic Day
2 Apr Nature Day
23 Apr Martyrdom of Imam Ali
3 May Eid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)
4 May Eid-e-Fetr (Additional Holiday)
27 May Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
4 Jun Demise of Imam Khomeini
5 Jun Khordad National Uprising
10 Jul Eid-e-Ghorban (Feast of Sacrifice)
18 Jul Eid-e-Ghadir
7 Aug Tassoua
8 Aug Ashura
17 Sep Arbaeen
25 Sep Demise of Prophet Muhammad and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan
27 Sep Martyrdom of Imam Reza
5 Oct Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari
14 Oct Birthday of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Sadeq
27 Dec Martyrdom of Fatima

 

Iran public holidays (2023)

Description Week day Ceremony Date
Only the Bazaar is closed Saturday Ali’s Birthday February 4th
Only the Bazaar is closed Saturday Islamic Revolution’s Victory February 11h
Only the Bazaar is closed Saturday Muhammad’s First Revelation February 18h
Only the Bazaar is closed Wednesday Mid-Sha’ban March 8th
Only the Bazaar is closed Monday Nationalization of the Oil Industry March 20th
Everywhere is open but VERY CROWDED and BUSY Tuesday – Friday Nowruz March 21st-24th
Some Museums and the Bazaar are closed Saturday Islamic Republic Day April 1st
Some Museums and the Bazaar are closed Sunday Sizdah-be-dar Apri 2nd
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Thursday Ali’s Death April 13th
Only the Bazaar is closed Saturday Eid Fitr April 22nd
Only the Bazaar is closed Sunday Eid Fitr April 23rd
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Thursday Sadegh’s Death May 16th
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Sunday Khomeini’s Death June 04th
Only the Bazaar is closed Monday 15 Khordad Rememberence Day June 5th
Only the Bazaar is closed Thursday Eid Ghorban June 29th
Only the Bazaar is closed Friday Eid Ghadir-e-Khom July 7th
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Friday Tasoa July 28th
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Saturday Ashura July 29th
Some Museums and the Bazaar are closed Wednesday Arbaien September 6th
All museums & sightseeing sites are closed Thursday Mohammad’s Death September 14th
Some Museums and the Bazaar are closed Saturday Reza’s Death September 16th
Only the Bazaar is closed Sunday Hasan Askari’s Death September 24th
Only the Bazaar is closed Tuesday Birth Of Mohammad October 3rd
Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae are closed Thursday – Monday Cyrus the Great Day October 26th-30th
Only the Bazaar is closed Sunday Fatemeh’s Death December 17th

 

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