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Public Holidays 2017

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

Iran recognizes 26 national holidays per year. The majority of national holidays are based on centuries-old Islamic religious culture as well as political milestones commemorating a long struggle to obtain political freedom and equality.

Iran celebrates the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad; Revolution Day; Oil Nationalization Day; Martyrdom of Fatima; Islamic Republic Day; Nature Day; Birthday of Imam Ali; Prophet’s Ascension; Imam Mahai’s Birthday; Anniversary of Khomeini’s Death; Eid-e-Ghorban, known as the Feast of Sacrifice and several other religious observances. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Iranians practice the Islam faith. Most employers allow paid time off for religious holidays. In addition to national holidays, Labour Day is considered an official holiday for all workers, regardless of the type of employment.

Iranian Labour Laws

Iranian labour laws were enacted to provide basic rules of employment in Iran. Administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the law establishes a basic minimum wage applicable to all workers in the country. Labour contracts or employment agreements are typically required of all workers before beginning employment. There are no formal collective bargaining agreements currently in place in the country. Although employment contracts set forth the terms of employment, salary, rates of overtime compensation and entitlement to annual leave and paid holidays, the law regulates employers in these regards. According to 2010 wage and earning statistics, the average minimum wage in Iran amounts to US$303 per month, for an estimated total of US$3,626 per year.

The average work week in Iran consists of 8 hours per day for a total of 44 hours per week. The typical work week is from Saturday through Wednesday. Workers are required to work four hours on Thursdays. All workers are entitled to take Fridays off with pay, pursuant to Islamic tradition. If an employee works more than 44 hours per week, overtime compensation is usually paid at a rate of 40 percent in addition to normal hourly wages. All workers in Iran are entitled to paid time off for official public holidays, which generally amounts to 22 days per year.

Iranian workers are entitled to one month of annual leave per year, including four paid Fridays. Annual leave for workers employed in hazardous or dangerous conditions are allowed five weeks of paid leave per year. Public holidays are not considered part of the annual leave entitlement. All Iranian workers are permitted to accumulate up to nine days of annual leave per year, to be taken during the following calendar year.

Public Holidays 2017

10 FebFriAnniversary of the Islamic Revolution
2 MarThuMartyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah
19 MarSunOil Nationalization Day
21 MarTueNoruz (Iranian New Year)
22 MarWedNoruz
23 MarThuNoruz
24 MarFriNoruz
1 AprSatIslamic Republic Day
2 AprSunSizdehbedar (Nature Day)
11 AprTueImam Ali's Birthday
25 AprTueThe Prophet's Acension
12 MayFriImam Mahdi's Birthday
4 JunSunDemise of Imam Khomeini
5 JunMonKhordad National Uprising (1963)
16 JunFriMartyrdom of Imam Ali
26 JunMonEid Al-Fitr
27 JunTueEid Al-Fitr
20 JulThuMartyrdom of Imam Sadeq
1 SepFriEid Al-Adha
9 SepSatEid Al-Ghadir
30 SepSatTassoua
1 OctSunAshura
9 NovThuArbaeen
17 NovFriDeath of Prophet Mohammad /
Martyrdom of Iman Hasan
19 NovSunMartyrdom of Imam Reza
6 DecWedBirthday of Muhammad