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Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Iraq. Please scroll down to view.

In Iraq, public holidays are referred to as national holidays. In addition to national holidays, several regional observances are honored based on Islamic religious tradition and culture. National holidays include New Year’s Day; the Prophet’s Birthday; Army Day and Republic Day. In addition, an extra holiday is granted in mid-July commemorating the beginning of the country’s annual heat wave. Iraq honors Eid-al-Fitr commemorating the end of Ramadan. This holiday typically lasts for three days, but time off is at the discretion of the employer.

Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice also lasts a total of four days. Additional national holidays include Iraqi Independence Day and the Islamic New Year. New Year’s Eve is designated as an observance rather than a national holiday. The majority of regional holidays are designated as working days. Employers may allow paid time off for certain holidays, depending on the significance of the observance and the religious affiliation of workers.

According to current Iraqi labor laws, all workers are entitled to 20 paid holidays per year after one year of continuous employment. After increments of five years of employment, workers are granted two additional paid holidays per year. Employees are paid full wages for time off for national holidays.

Labor Laws in Iraq

Labor laws in Iraq are regulated by the Arab Labor Organisation. The labor laws are in effect to oversee trade union and employment contracts, which are required of every worker in the country. According to the Ministry of Labor, all workers employed in both private and public sectors are entitled to an annual salary increase after each year of employment.

Employees in Iraq are not permitted to work more than eight hours per day without overtime compensation. The amount of overtime is typically specified in respective labor contracts or union agreements. The Iraqi Labor Code stipulates that all workers are entitled to one paid rest day per week. If an employee is required to work on the designated rest day, compensation is paid at 100 percent in addition to normal wages, amounting to double-time. If an employee works on a designated rest day, a compensatory paid day off may be taken in lieu of financial compensation.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriArmed Forces Day
5 MarSunRebellion Anniversary
(Kurdistan Only)
21 MarTueSpring Day
9 AprSunBaghdad Liberation Day
(Kurdistan Only)
1 MayMonLabour Day
25 JunSunEid Al Fitr
26 JunMonEid Al Fitr
14 JulFriRepublic Day
1 SepFriEid Al Adha
2 SepSatEid Al Adha Holiday
3 SepSunEid Al Adha Holiday
4 SepMonEid Al Adha Holiday
22 SepFriAl Hijra (Islamic New Year)
30 SepSatAshura
3 OctTueNational Day / Independence Day
1 DecFriMilad Un Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecMonChristmas Day