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Iraq bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
Thu Labor Day
Thu Public Holiday (National Elections)
Fri Public Holiday (National Elections)
* Sun Public Holiday (Baghdad) (Martyrdom of Imam Kazim) Municipal
Mon Republic Day
Mon Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Tue Eid al Fitr Holiday
* Wed Eid al Fitr Holiday Banks
Fri National Iraqi Day
Sat Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Sun Eid al Adha Holiday
Mon Eid al Adha Holiday
Tue Eid al Adha Holiday
* Wed Eid al Adha Holiday Government
* Thu Eid al Adha Holiday Government
Sat Islamic New Year
Mon Ashura
* Thu Christmas Day (tentative)
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Recent News and Updates

23 Oct 2014 Iraqi Hijri New Year 1436 Public Holidays (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has once again declared Saturday, October 25, 2014, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Hijri New Year 1436.  01 Oct 2014 Iraqi 2014 Eid Al Adha Public Holidays Announced (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi Council of Ministers has announced that the dates for the upcoming Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays in Iraq had been extended to last from Saturday, October 4, to Thursday, October 9, 2014.  24 May 2014 Iraqi Baghdad Public Holiday May 25 (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi government has declared tomorrow, Sunday, May 25, 2014, as another one-off non-working public holiday in Baghdad.  05 Jan 2014 Iraqi 2014 Army Day Public Holiday (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has once more declared a non-working public holiday in Iraq on account of the upcoming Army Day on Monday, January 6, 2014.  24 Dec 2013 Iraqi 2013 Public Holiday December 25 (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has once more declared Wednesday, December 25, 2013, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Christmas Day.  03 Nov 2013 Iraqi Public Holiday November 5 (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi Secretariat of the Council of Ministers has declared Tuesday, November 5, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Hijri New Year 1435.  17 Jul 2013 Iraqi Public Holiday Tomorrow (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Iraqi Government has declared tomorrow, Thursday, July 18, 2013, as a one-off non-working public holiday due to current and forecast high temperatures.  11 Jul 2013 Iraqi Public Holiday July 14 (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The Regional Government of the Kurdistan province of Iraq (KRG) has announced that, Sunday, July 14, 2013, would be an official public holiday "in all government departments and institutions on the occasion of the fourteenth revolution of July".  20 Apr 2013 Iraqi Public Holiday April 21 (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Iraq has announced that Sunday, April 21st, 2013, had been declared a one-off official non-working public holidays following the previous day's local elections which will take place in 12 Iraqi provinces.  28 Mar 2013 Iraqi Easter 2013 Public Holidays Announced (Al Sumaria News-Baghdad) The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Iraq has announced that Sunday and Monday, March 31 and April 1st, 2013, had been declared official non-working public holidays for Christians.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Iraq public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Governing Law: On May 8, 2007, the Council of Ministers repealed the previous Holidays And Public Holidays No.110 of 1972, in particular canceling the February 8, and July 17, public holidays.  Weekends: Article 3 of the aforementioned cabinet decree instituded Fridays and Saturdays as weekends in Iraq. In addition most offices work only half days on Thursdays.  National Iraqi Day: This public holiday was created in early 2008 as a non-controversial date that would offend none of Iraq's sectarian groups. It commemorates the date when Iraq joined the League of Nations (the UN's predecessor) in 1932.  Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) is officially listed as a 2 day holiday by the U.S. Embassy but unofficially is celebrated for up to 5 days. It is listed as a 4 day holiday here since no official sources could be found that change it from when it was officially 4 days.  April 9 (anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and the regime of Saddam Hussein in 2003) or Baghdad Liberation Day was a public holiday in Iraq from 2004-2006 but was abolished, nationally in 2007. However, it remains an official public holiday in the Kurdish autonomous region, for all businesses, government offices, schools, universities and hospitals .  July 14: This public holiday, instituted in 2007, commemorates the 1958 revolution, led by Abdelkareem Qassem, who spearheaded the Free Officers Movement that turned Iraq from a monarchy into a republic.  Novruz: This is the new year celebrations which date back to Persian times and are held in various forms in Iran, Afghanistan and some former Soviet republics. Traditionally in Iraq the festival is marked by country gatherings where tradition reigns, from costumes to food to music and dance. Nouroz is considered one of the most important Kurdish festivals. In 2006, the government of the autonomous region of Kurdistan called a three day public holiday.  Caveats: Due to the lack of stability in the country, the consistency of public holidays will be in flux. Traditional Islamic public holidays will continue to be celebrated by various factions and will always be, regardless of what the long term government proclamations might be. In addition, many of the decrees related to Saddam-era holidays, are either ignored, or take many years to take effect (one glaring example, July 17, which the Governing Council voted to scrap in 2003, but which remained until 2007).  Religious Minorities: The draft law on public holidays of 2008 recognizes the rights of some religious minorities to observe their holidays. Christians: 25 December (although this was later declared a national public holiday) Jews: the Day of Atonement, Pessah, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Sabeans (Mandeans, tiny Gnostic sect that reveres John the Baptist) the Panja Feast, which is their major holiday on 7-8 August, and the little feast on 23 November. Yazidis, the first Friday of December of every year, the first Wednesday of April according to the Eastern calendar, 23-30 September according to the Eastern calendar, and 18-21 July according to the Eastern calendar.  Iraq International Codes IQ and IRQ (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .iq (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Iraq information and news: Central Bank of Iraq (Iraq central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Iraq maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Iraq), and Wikipedia (includes Iraq commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Iraq, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Iraq that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Iraq were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules).

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Iraq, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Iraq, before planning any trip to Iraq. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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