Foreign tourists visiting Iran need to be aware of the public holidays in this country. During such days many services, including banking, may be closed, and this might cause some inconveniences. On the other hand, such holidays are a great opportunity to observe the local traditions and culture.
Here’s a look at the most important public holidays in Iran. The dates of these holidays are based on the Persian calendar and Georgian calendar as well. Totally you can expect 25 public holidays in Iran. We went through the 9 most important ones, however you can find the complete holiday table at the end of this article.

Martyrdom of Fatima, 7 Jan 2022

The Martyrdom Of Hazrat Fatimah is a bank holiday observed on 7 Jan 2022. Fatimah bin Muhammad was the youngest daughter and the only child of the prophet Muhammad. She was born in Mecca and married Ali, Muhammad’s cousin, and was the mother of the second and third Imams, Hasan and Hussain. She was killed at the age of 29 during a raid by Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate.

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Iran Islamic Revolution Day, 11 Feb 2022

Iran Revolution Anniversary

The Islamic Revolution Day is a public holiday observed on 11 Feb 2022. The holiday marks the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and is also the national day in Iran. The holiday is deeply twinned with the figure of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a fierce opponent of the Shah of the Pahlavi dynasty, criticized for his close ties with the West.

Birthday of Imam Ali, 15 Feb 2022

It commemorates the birthday of Ali ibn Abu Talib that takes place likely on 15 Feb 2022, who was the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and considered to be the first Imam by Shia Muslims.

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The Prophet’s Ascension, 1 March 2022

This holiday is also known as The Night Journey, and is observed on the 10th day of Esfand, the twelve month in the Persian calendar. It celebrated the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven, sometime around the year 621.

Nowruz, 21 to 24 March 2022

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Nowruz Persian New Year Haft Seen Table

This is the most important holiday in the Iranian calendar as it marks the New Year. It also marks the beginning of spring. It is important to find out the date of Nowruz as during this holiday most institutions in the country are closed for two weeks. It is timed to coincide with the spring equinox.

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Martyrdom of Imam Ali, 23 April 2022

This is a public holiday that takes place on 23 April 2022. It also marks the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic fasting month. Ali ibn Abu Talib, was the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and was considered to be the first Imam by Shia Muslims.

Eid al-Fitr, 2 May 2022

Eid Fitr

This holiday is also known as the Festival of Fast-breaking, one of the most important celebrations in the Muslim world marking the end of Ramadan. Muslims will gather in mosques or open spaces and offer two rounds of prayer, followed by a sermon, in which the imam asks for forgiveness, mercy, and peace for every being across the world.

It’s a tradition to wear new clothes on the way to the mosque and eat something sweet such as a date.

Tasua & Ashura, 7-8 August 2022

Tasua and Ashura Festival

The word ‘Tasua’ means ninth, and ‘Ashura’ means tenth in Arabic. Tasua and Ashura commemorate the murder of Imam Husayn and certain members of his family in the year 680 AD in Karbala, Iraq.
As one of the most important Iranian public holidays, usually the most governmental offices and sites are closed on these days, you will see some religious carnivals that march on the streets to honor this Islamic holiday.

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Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, 13 Oct 2022

The holiday is also known as ‘Mawlid’ and is celebrated during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. It commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam and the proclaimer of the Qurʾan.

Iran Public Holidays Calnedar

7-JanFriMartyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah
11-FebFriAnniversary of the Islamic Revolution
15-FebTueBirthday of Imam Ali
18-MarFriBirthday of Imam Mahdi
20-MarSunOil Nationalization Day
21 Mar to 24 MarMon to ThuNovruz Holiday
1-AprFriIslamic Republic Day
2-AprSatSizdah Bedar
23-AprSatMartyrdom of Imam Ali
2-MayMonEid al-Fitr
3-MayTueEid al-Fitr Holiday
26-MayThuMartyrdom of Imam Sadeq
4-JunSatDemise of Imam Khomeini
5-JunSunKhordad National Uprising (1963)
10-JulSunEid al-Adha
18-JulMonEid al-Ghadir
25-SepSunDeath of Prophet Muhammad
25-SepSunMartyrdom of Imam Hasan
27-SepTueMartyrdom of Imam Reza
5-OctWedMartyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari
13-OctThuBirthday of Imam Sadeq
13-OctThuProphet Muhammad’s Birthday
27-DecTueMartyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah

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