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New Year’s Day
Iraq

New Year’s Day 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Iraq

Iraq celebrates New Year’s Day with a public holiday every 1 January, as does most of the rest of the world. However, the celebrations really begin on New Year’s Eve and reach a high point with the turning of the clock from 11:59pm on 31 December to midnight on 1 January.

YearDateDayHoliday
20221 JanSatNew Year's Day
20231 JanSunNew Year's Day
20241 JanMonNew Year's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

New Year’s Day is a time of resolutions and starting fresh for some, while for others it is spent recovering from a big, late night spent with friends and family.

In Iraq, both Islamic New Year and 1 January New Year’s Day are public holidays. The Islamic new year constantly shifts dates, by 11 days per year, relative to the Gregorian Calendar. Kurds in northern Iraq also celebrate Novruz, a traditional Persian spring festival as an additional New Year’s Day.

These days, Iraqis often celebrate New Year’s Eve much as Westerners do. However, it is often called “Christian” New Year’s Day even though it really isn’t a religious holiday in Western countries. Throughout Iraq, there will be late-night parties on 31 December, and young people will often get out into the streets to shout like crazy when midnight finally arrives.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 JanFriNew Year's Day
20201 JanWedNew Year's Day
20191 JanTueNew Year's Day
20181 JanMonNew Year's Day
20171 JanSunNew Year's Day