Iran Public Holidays and Weekend

Iran Public Holidays and Weekend

Knowing the public holidays and the official weekend of the destination is critical for choosing the date of your trip. As the Iranian calendar is not based on the Gregorian calendar, Iran public holidays and weekend are different from other countries. Hence, here we introduce Iran weekend and holidays and to make it more clear we have organized a standard calendar, including Iran holidays. You can download this calendar from the below link.

Iran Weekend

Interestingly, Iran weakened is different from western countries. Accordingly, just like many Islamic countries in the world, Friday is the official weekend in Iran. Also, Thursday is the closed day for many businesses in this country. As a result, opposed to most of the countries, Saturdays and Sundays are working days in Iran. In other words, Iran working week is from Saturday till Thursday. 

Finally, note that the old bazaars in different cities of Iran are closed during weekends.

Iran Holidays

Generally, Iran holidays are categorized into two kinds, national holidays and religious holidays. Also, Iran public holidays are being extracted from two calendar systems, the Arabic calendar and the Persian one. However, the Iranian official calendar is the Persian calendar.

Typically, the religious holidays in Iran are based on the Arabic calendar, while the traditional Persian holidays and festivals originate from the Iranian calendar. Notably, as the Arabic or Muslim calendar is based on the Lunar system, the dates of events based on this calendar change every year.

Important Notes:

There are several annual national holidays in the Iranian calendar, but on six of these days all tourist attractions are closed. In short, these days are as per below:

1- Tasua

2- Ashura

3- Martyrdom of Imam Ali

4- Demise of Imam Khomeini (3rd or 4th June)

5- Martyrdom of Imam Sadegh

6- Demise of Prophet Mohammad

Here we introduce the most important holidays in Iran. You can also find these holidays on the calendar above or the Iran Holiday List, below. We update this calendar based on the Persian and Muslim calendars every year.

Nowruz (Persian New Year)

Nowruz or Noruz is the Persian New Year holiday and is the most extended Iran holiday, starting on March 21 annually and lasts for 4 to 13 days, depending on the business type. It is one of the significant events in Iran, which is celebrated in different parts of the country. One of the most interesting Nowruz festivals is held in the Kurdish region of Uramant in the west of the country. It is worth knowing that, during Nowruz, almost all the attractions are opened to the public. However, as Noruz is the most important Iran national holiday, all Iran attractions are crowded, and the hotels are fully booked during this festival. So, if you want to travel to this country, first check the best time to visit Iran

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Tasua and Ashura
(Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hussein)

“What is Tasua and Ashura?
Tasua and Ashura occur on the ninth and tenth days of Muharram, the first month of the Muslim year. The word 'Tasua' means ninth, and 'Ashura' means tenth in Arabic. Tasua and Ashura commemorate the murder of Imam Husayn and certain members of his family in the year 680AD in Karbala."

Tasua and Ashura are two significant religious holidays in Iran. On these successive days during the month of Muharram (based on the Arabic calendar), different festivals and rituals are held in the Shia countries. Accordingly, Iranian people participate in a traditional march to show their respect to Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Besides, the wealthier residents donate foods to the poor ones.

Please note that the Iran attractions and points of interest in different cities are closed during these two days. However, many tourists travel to Iran during Muharram to participate in one of the magnificent festivals in Iran. Particularly, the Ashura festival in Yazd is marvellous.

Iran holidays

Arabeen

Arbaeen meaning “forty,” is one of the most important ceremonies in the Arabic (Muslim) calendar. It is the fortieth day after Ashura (the day of murdering Imam Hossein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad).

Every year on this day, Shia Muslims hold a ceremony called Arbaeen pilgrimage or Arbaeen walk. It is the largest annual gathering in the world when millions of Shia Muslims from all Islamic countries, including Iran, go to Karbala, Iraq. These pilgrims take most of this path from their cities and countries to the Tomb of Imam Hussein on feet.

Notably, due to this large event in Iran, domestic flights, buses, and trains are fully booked from about three days before and after Arbaeen. Also, the tickets for these dates are much more expensive. Besides, many tourist attractions of Iran are closed on Arbaeen day.

Martyrdom of Imam Sadegh

Imam Sadegh was the sixth Imam of Shias, that his day of martyrdom is a public holiday in Iran. On the day of the Martyrdom of Imam Sadegh, all tourist attractions in Iran are closed.

Eid-e Fitr (Eid al-Fitr)

Eid-e Fitr is the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebrated at the end of Ramadan in all Islamic countries, including Iran. This religious holiday in Iran lasts two days, and all tourist attractions are opened on these days.

Martyrdom of Imam Ali

Imam Ali is the first Imam of Shia who was murdered during Ramadan, and the day of his martyrdom is one of the prominent Iran public holidays. Notably, all tourist attractions in Iran are closed on this day.

The Demise of Prophet Mohammad

Mohammad is the Muslims’ Prophet, and the day of his passing is one of the major religious holidays in Iran. Notably, all tourist attractions in Iran are closed on this day.

The Demise of Imam Khomeini

 Imam Khomeini was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who died on June 3, 1989. And every year, June 3rd or sometimes 4th (based on Persian calendar) is a national holiday in Iran. Also, on this day, all tourist attractions in Iran are closed.

Please note that a day after the Demise of Imam Khomeini, called 15 Khordad, is also a public holiday in Iran. Therefore, as many Iranians take short trips to the county sides on these days, the roads are very crowded.

Iran Holiday List

Here is the list of public holidays in Iran during 2020 including information about the reason and the meaning of the holidays. Accordingly, this table helps you to know the sites’ closed days.

Finally, note that the old bazaars in different cities of Iran are closed during weekends.

 

Date

Weekday

Iran Holiday Name

Iran Tourist Sites

Position

29 Jan

Wednesday

Martyrdom of Fatima

open

11 Feb

Tuesday

Revolution Day

open

8 Mar

Wednesday

Birthday of Imam Ali

open

19 Mar

Thursday

Oil Nationalization Day

open

20 Mar

Friday

Nowruz Holiday

open

21 Mar

Saturday

Nowruz Holiday

open

22 Mar

Sunday

Nowruz Holiday

open

23 Mar

Monday

Nowruz Holiday

open

31 Mar

Tuesday

Islamic Republic Day

open

1 Apr

Wednesday

Sizdah Bedar

open

8 Apr

Wednesday

Imam Mahdi’s birthday

open

14 May

Thursday

Martyrdom of Imam Ali

closed

24 May

Sunday

Eid-e-Fetr (End of Ramadan)

open

25 May

Monday

Eid-e-Fetr (Additional Holiday)

open

3 Jun

Wednesday

The demise of Imam Khomeini

closed

4 Jun

Thursday

The uprising of Khordad 15

open

17 Jun

Wednesday

Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq

closed

8 Aug

Saturday

Eid-e-Ghadir

open

28 Aug

Friday

Tassoua

closed

29 Aug

Saturday

Ashura

closed

7 Oct

Wednesday

Arbaeen

open

15 Oct

Thursday

The demise of Prophet Muhammad

closed

22 Oct

Thursday

Martyrdom of Imam Reza

open

25 Oct

Sunday

Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari

open

3 Nov

Tuesday

Birthday of Prophet Muhammad

open

 

Iran Travel FAQ

Most Frequent Questions and Answers about Iran Public Holidays and Weekend

These are the most popular festivals in Iran:

  • Nowruz in March
  • Tasua and Ashura (for the exact date, refer to the calendar)
  • Yalda in December
  • Chaharshanbe Suri in March
  • Sizdah Bedar in April
  • Iranian Saffron Harvest in November
  • Rose Water Festival in May
  • Pomegranate Festival in mid-autumn

Christmas in Iran is not a national holiday. However, the Christian communities mostly live in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, and Urmia celebrate Christmas. Every year, they celebrate Christmas Eve, decorating Christmas trees and eating traditional chicken stew called Harissa or roast turkey.

Yes. Iran working days start from Saturday to Thursday, and Friday is the weekend in Iran. However, some departments are closed on Thursday.

 

Here are the most significant Iranian festivals:

  • Nowruz: The Iranian New Year, the most important Iran holiday that starts on March 20 or 21.
  • Sizdahbedar: The Nature Day on April 1st or 2nd on when the Iranian people spend time outdoors.
  • Tasua and Ashura festivals on the ninth and tenth days of Muharram in the Arabic calendar: Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hussein
  • Chaharshanbe Suri: Iranian Fire Jumping Festival on the eve of the last Wednesday before the Persian new year.