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:

Date Day Holiday
6 Jan Thursday Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah
11 Feb Friday Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
15 Feb Tuesday Birthday of Imam Ali
1 Mar Tuesday Mabaath
18 Mar Friday Birthday of Imam Mahdi
20 Mar Sunday Oil Nationalization Day
21 Mar to 24 Mar Monday to Thursday Novruz Holiday
1 Apr Friday Islamic Republic Day
2 Apr Saturday Sizdah Bedar
23 Apr Saturday Martyrdom of Imam Ali
2 May Monday Eid al-Fitr
3 May Tuesday Eid al-Fitr Holiday
26 May Thursday Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
4 Jun Saturday Demise of Imam Khomeini
5 Jun Sunday Khordad National Uprising (1963)
10 Jul Sunday Eid al-Adha
18 Jul Monday Eid al-Ghadir
7 Aug Sunday Tassoua
8 Aug Monday Ashura
17 Sep Saturday Arbaeen
25 Sep Sunday Death of Prophet Muhammad
25 Sep Sunday Martyrdom of Imam Hasan
27 Sep Tuesday Martyrdom of Imam Reza
5 Oct Wednesday Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari
14 Oct Friday Birthday of Imam Sadeq
14 Oct Friday Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
27 Dec Tuesday Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah


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