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Iraq

Public Holidays 2017

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

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

In addition to national holidays, several regional observances in Iraq 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.

Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice 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.