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Afghanistan

Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 Afghanistan public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday
14 FebTueLiberation Day
21 MarTueNowruz (Persian New Year)
22 MarWedNowruz Holiday
28 AprFriVictory Day
1 MayMonInternational Worker's Day
27 MaySatAwal Ramadan (Start of Ramadan) *
25 JunSunEid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) *
26 JunMonEid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) *
27 JunTueEid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) *
19 AugSatJeshen (Independence Day)
31 AugThuArafat
1 SepFriEid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) *
2 SepSatEid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) *
3 SepSunEid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) *
30 SepSatTenth of Moharam, Ashora
30 NovThuMawleed al-Nabi /The Prophet's Birthday

Afghanistan currently celebrates 11 national holidays. Four of these holidays are on fixed dates each year; all of the other holidays celebrated in Afghanistan are celebrated on dates based on the lunar cycle.

Public holidays are regulated under the 2005 Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Chapter 1, Article 18. The constitution provides all employees a non-working day on any day declared a public holiday by the government. The law also provides the government with the authority to establish one-time commemorative dates or public holidays.

This Chapter of the Constitution also establishes which calendar is used officially by the country and used to determine holiday celebration dates. The official calendar is the Hejrah-e shamshi calendar (very similar to the Persian calendar used in Iran).

Several of the public holidays celebrated in Afghanistan are multiple day events. The government has established that employers must recognise each of these days and provide a day off.

* Subject to changes.