Public holidays in Iraq

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This is a list of public holidays in Iraq.

Date Name Notes
January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Armed Forces Day
March 21 Nowruz
April 9 Liberation Day Iraqi Kurdistan only. Celebrates the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
May 1 Labour Day
July 14 Republic Day
October 3 National Day Iraqi Independence Day. Celebrates the independence of Iraq from the United Kingdom in 1932
December 25 Christmas Day
variable Islamic Islamic New Year
Prophet's Birthday
End of Ramadan (3 days)
Feast of the Sacrifice (4 days)

Other important dates

These are working days at the KRG Council of Ministers, and businesses are open. Special events take place around the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to mark these dates.[1]

  • 10 February: Kurdish Authors Union Day
  • 18 February: Kurdish Students Union Day
  • 1 March: Commemoration of Mustafa Barzani’s Death
  • 7 March : Liberation of Slemani City
  • 8 March: Women's Day
  • 13 March: Liberation of Duhok City
  • 16 March: Halabja Day
  • 20 March: Liberation of Kirkuk City
  • 1 April: Assyrian New Year
  • 14 April: Commemoration of Anfal genocide against the Kurds
  • 16 April: Remembrance of Chemical Attack on Balisan and Sheikh Wasan
  • 25 April: Anniversary of First Cabinet of Kurdish Government (1993)
  • 13 June: Suleimaniah City Fallen and Martyrs Day
  • 11 December: Establishment of Kurdish Women’s Union


  1. ^ National holidays and key dates in the Kurdistan Region’s history
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