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Public Holidays 2017

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

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a country located in Central and South Asia. Afghanistan currently celebrates 11 national holidays. Four of these holidays are on specific 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).

It is unknown at this time if the general public receives payment for non-working holidays. Information found states that government employees do receive this benefit because it is part of their employment contract. It is assumed then; public sector employees may receive holiday pay if it is part of their contracts.

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. It is unknown at this time because the Labor Laws in Afghanistan are currently being rewritten, if employers are obligated to provide a different day off to their employees if their position requires them to work on a public holiday.

Religious, Cultural. And Regional Holidays

The population of Afghanistan is about 99 percent Muslim. However, there are some different religions that are practiced in the larger cities like Kabul. The government of Afghanistan acknowledges that these celebrations occur but does not recognise them as public holidays.

Some of the regions of Afghanistan may also have cultural differences than in the large city areas. These cultures may have holidays celebrated that are not recognised by the government as official public holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

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

* Subject to changes.