Public holidays in Iraq

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This is a list of public holidays in Iraq.

Date Name Notes
January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Armed Forces Day
March 21 Nowruz
April 9 Liberation Day Iraqi Kurdistan only. Celebrates the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
May 1 Labour Day
July 14 Republic Day
October 3 National Day Iraqi Independence Day. Celebrates the independence of Iraq from the United Kingdom in 1932
December 10 Victory Day Celebrates the defeat of the ISIS in Iraq in 2017[1]
December 25 Christmas Day Celebrated by Iraqi Christians.
variable Islamic Islamic New Year
Prophet's Birthday
End of Ramadan (3 days)
Feast of the Sacrifice (4 days)

Other important dates[edit]

These are working days at the KRG Council of Ministers, and businesses are open. Special events take place around the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to mark these dates.[2]

  • 10 February: Kurdish Authors Union Day
  • 18 February: Kurdish Students Union Day
  • 1 March: Commemoration of Mustafa Barzani’s Death
  • 7 March : Liberation of Slemani City
  • 8 March: Women's Day
  • 10 March: Kurdish Clothes Day (Iraqi Kurdistan only)
  • 13 March: Liberation of Duhok City
  • 16 March: Halabja Day
  • 20 March: Liberation of Kirkuk City
  • 1 April: Assyrian New Year
  • 14 April: Commemoration of Anfal genocide against the Kurds
  • 16 April: Remembrance of Chemical Attack on Balisan and Sheikh Wasan
  • 25 April: Anniversary of First Cabinet of Kurdish Government (1993)
  • 13 June: Suleimaniah City Fallen and Martyrs Day
  • 11 December: Establishment of Kurdish Women’s Union