Afghanistan Public Holidays 2021


 
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A preview of the Afghanistan bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Afghanistan Public Holidays in 2021
Feb.    Sun Liberation Day
Mar.    Sun Nauruz (Afghan New Year)
        Mon Nauruz Holiday
Apr.    Tue Start of Ramadan (Awal Ramadan)
        Wed Victory Day
May     Sat International Workers' Day
        Thu Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
        Fri Eid al Fitr Holiday
        Sat Eid al Fitr Holiday
July    Mon Arafat Day
        Tue Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Wed Eid al Adha Holiday
        Thu Eid al Adha Holiday
Aug.    Wed Ashura
        Thu Independence Day (Jeshen)
Oct.    Mon The Prophet's Birthday (Mawleed al-Nabi)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

25 May 2017 Afghanistan 2017 Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday Announced (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Saturday, May 27, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the upcomingFirst Day of Ramadan non-working public holidays in Afghanistan.  25 Apr 2017 Afghanistan Public Holidays April 28-29 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Friday, April 28, 2017, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the upcoming annual public holiday for the anniversary of 8th Saur, the Victory Day of the Mujahideen.  13 Feb 2017 Afghanistan Public Holiday February 14 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Dalwa 26 in the Afghan calendar), as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on account of the upcoming "Soviet defeat and withdrawal from Afghanistan".  04 Feb 2017 Afghanistan Public Holiday February 5 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) Faced with a second day of record snowfall tomorrow, the government of Afghanistan has declared Sunday, February 5, 2017, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan.  16 Jan 2017 Afghanistan 2017 Public Holidays Announced (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Afghanistan for the calendar year 2017.  11 Jan 2016 Afghanistan 2016 Public Holidays Announced (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has announced its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Afghanistan for the calendar year 2016.  19 Dec 2015 Afghanistan Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday December 23 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, December 23, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual Birthday celebration of prophet Mohammad ("Milad al Nabi").  19 Oct 2015 Afghanistan Public Holiday October 23 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Friday, October 23, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual Afghan public holiday of Ashura.  19 Sep 2015 Afghanistan Public Holiday September 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared Sunday, September 20, 2015, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Afghanistan to commemorate the fourth assassination anniversary of the former president and high peace council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani.  17 Sep 2015 Afghanistan 2015 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Announced (Pajhwok Afghan News-Kabul) The government of Afghanistan has declared the period of Wednesday to Saturday, September 23 to 26, 2015, as non-working public holidays on the occasion of the upcoming Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) non-working public holidays in Afghanistan.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Afghanistan 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: Official public holidays in Afghanistan are regulated by the January 4, 2004, Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Chapter 1, Article Eighteen) which specifies that the state calendar is the Hejrah-e shamsi solar calendar (similar to the Persian calendar used in Iran), and specifies the dates of the Victory Day and Independence Day public holidays with respect to the Hejrah-e shamsi calendar (Asad 28 and Sawr 8), leaving the remainder to specific laws to be passed by the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Wolesi Jirga).  Liberation Day: In 2005, the 26th day of the Afghan month of Dalwo was declared a new public holiday, effective starting in 2007, to commemorate the anniversary of the exit of the last soldier of the Soviet Union army, eighteen years before .  Victory Day: This public holiday commemorates the date in 1992, when Mujahideen of different Jihadi parties gained a major victory over the Russian-backed Najibullah regime. It is also the occasion for Afghans to remember Afghanistan's first president and his family members who were assasinated in a coup dtat by Soviet backed regime on April 27th 1978.  Weekends: Fridays are the weekly day of rest (Juma).  Afghanistan International Codes AF and AFG (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .af (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Afghanistan information and news: Bank of Afghanistan (Afghanistan central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Afghanistan maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Afghanistan), and Wikipedia (includes Afghanistan commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Religion of Specific Business Contacts : Some of the business contacts that you may be trying to meet in Afghanistan, may belong to a religious group that is not common in Afghanistan, and therefore which is not included in the above list of public holidays or bank holidays. To be safe, you should also verify that no major religious holidays coincides with any planned business trip to Afghanistan.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Afghanistan 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.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Afghanistan 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).

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Persian Calendar Public Holidays: Persian holidays were calculated using the Persian calendar, based on the geographical location and timezone offset of Tehran, but neglecting summer time changes.


Disclaimer
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 2021 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Afghanistan, 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 Afghanistan, before planning any trip to Afghanistan. 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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