Public holidays in Somalia

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Public holidays in Somalia are based on two official calendar systems: the Gregorian calendar primarily, and the Islamic lunar calendar for religious holidays.

Date English name Local name
Gregorian calendar
1 January New Year
1 May Labour Day
26 June Independence of British Somaliland
1 July Independence Day — marks the scheduled union of Trust Territory of Somaliland (former Italian Somaliland) and former British Somaliland in 1960 to form Somali Republic (Somalia)
25 December Christmas Day
Islamic lunar calendar
12 Rabi'-ul-Awwal Birthday of Muhammad Mawlid Nabi
27 Rajab Muhammad's Ascension to Heaven Mi'raaj Nabi
1 Shawwal End of Ramadan Eid ul-Fitr
10 Dhul Hijja Feast of Sacrifice Eid Al Adha
1 Muharram Muslim New Year
10 Muharram Ashura

See also


  • EIU (1986). Country Profile: Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti. The Unit. pp. 3–4.
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