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Afghanistan Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Afghanistan public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of September 2019, and covering calendar year 2019 Afghanistan public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Afghanistan public holidays news and updates.

2019 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Sep
  • 26
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday September 28

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Saturday, September 28, 2019, as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan to coincide with the upcoming Afghan presidential election.
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday August 19

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, August 19, 2019, as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan to commemorate the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan.
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  • Apr
  • 23
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  • Afghanistan Public Holidays April 29-May 3

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared a five day period of public holidays in Kabul from April 29-May 3, on account of the upcoming Loya Jirga tribal conference.
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  • Feb
  • 12
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday February 13

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, February 13, 2019, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Afghanistan to commemorate the death of former president Sibghatullah Mujaddedi.
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  • Jan
  • 14
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  • Afghanistan 2019 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 2019.
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2018

  • Nov
  • 18
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  • Afghanistan Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday November 20

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, November 20, 2018, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual Birthday celebration of prophet Mohammad ("Milad al Nabi").
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  • Jan
  • 28
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  • Afghanistan January 29 Public Holiday Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, January 29, 2018, as a one-off public holiday in Afghanistan "to free up resources in order to help those affected by Saturday’s bombing."
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • Afghanistan 2018 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 2018.
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2017

  • May
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Apr
  • 25
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  • 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.
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  • Feb
  • 13
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  • 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".
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  • Feb
  • 4
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  • 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.
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  • Jan
  • 16
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  • 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.
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2016

  • Jan
  • 11
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  • 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.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • 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").
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  • Oct
  • 19
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  • 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.
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  • Sep
  • 19
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  • 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.
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  • Sep
  • 17
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  • 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.
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  • Aug
  • 13
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday August 19

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, August 19, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the National Day of Afghanistan.
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  • Apr
  • 18
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday April 28

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, April 28, 2015, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Afghan Victory Day public holiday.
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  • Jan
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan 2015 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 2015.
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2014

  • Nov
  • 1
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday November 3

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, November 3, 2014, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual Afghan public holiday of Ashura.
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  • Apr
  • 30
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday May 1st

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, May 1st, 2014, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual International Workers' Day public holiday in Afghanistan.
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  • Mar
  • 10
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday March 11

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghanistan's ministry of labor and social affairs has declared tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Afghanistan.
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  • Feb
  • 22
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  • Afghanistan 2014 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 2014.
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  • Jan
  • 11
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  • Afghanistan 2014 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, January 13, 2014, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the annual Birthday celebration of prophet Mohammad ("Milad al Nabi").
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2013

  • Nov
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan Public Holidays November 19-24

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared a six day period of public holidays from Tuesday to Sunday, November 19-24, 2013, on account of the upcoming Loya Jirga tribal conference.
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  • Nov
  • 6
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday November 13

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, November 13, 2013, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of Ashura.
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  • Aug
  • 12
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday August 19

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, August 19, 2013, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the National Day of Afghanistan.
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  • Mar
  • 19
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday March 21

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, March 21, 2013, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the Afghan New Year ("Nawroz").
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  • Feb
  • 8
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  • Afghanistan 2013 Public Holidays Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has announced the list of official non-working public holidays in Afghanistan for the calendar year 2013.
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  • Jan
  • 21
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  • Afghanistan 2013 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, January 24, 2013, as an official non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on the occasion of the Birthday celebration of prophet Mohammad ("Milad al Nabi").
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2012

  • Oct
  • 20
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  • Afghanistan 2012 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared the period of Thursday, October 25, to Sunday, October 28, 2012, as non-working public holidays on the occasion of the upcoming Eidul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
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  • Sep
  • 18
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday Tomorrow

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghanistan's ministry of labor and social affairs has declared tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, as a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Afghanistan.
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  • May
  • 20
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  • Afghanistan Votes New National Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghanistan's Parliament has voted to make September 9 a new annual national holiday to honour Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated on September 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks on the US.
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Afghanistan Public Holiday February 15

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, February 15, 2012, as a non-working public holiday in Afghanistan on account of the upcoming "Soviet Army Defeat Day".
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  • Jan
  • 30
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  • Afghanistan 2012 Public Holidays Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has announced the list of official non-working public holidays in Afghanistan for the calendar year 2012.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Afghanistan 2011 Ashoura Public Holiday Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Tuesday, December 6, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Ashoura holiday.
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  • Nov
  • 16
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  • Afghanistan Public Holidays November 17 and 19

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has declared Thursday and Saturday, November 17 and 19, 2011, as one-off public holidays on account of the upcoming 4-day Loya Jirga being conducted in Kabul.
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  • Nov
  • 4
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  • Afghanistan 2011 Eid al-Adha Public Holidays Announced

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, November 7, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Eid ul Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
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  • Aug
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan Declares August 19 Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Friday, August 19, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Independence Day of Afghanistan.
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  • Jul
  • 29
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  • Afghanistan Declares August 1st Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, August 1st, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming start of Ramadan.
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  • Mar
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan Announces March 21 Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has confirmed the date of Monday, March 21, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming Afghan New Year.
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Afghanistan Announces Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, February 16, 2011, as a public holiday on the occasion of the Birthday celebration of prophet Mohammad (Mawlod).
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  • Jan
  • 26
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  • Afghanistan Announces 2011 Public Holidays

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has announced the list of official public holidays in Afghanistan for the calendar year 2011.
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  • Jan
  • 24
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  • Afghanistan Declares Public Holiday Wednesday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Wednesday, January 26, 2011, a one-off public holiday on account of the inaugural ceremony of the Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of parliament.
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2010

  • Dec
  • 13
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  • Afghanistan Announces Ashura Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, December 16, 2010, as a public holiday on the occasion of the upcoming "Moharam" holiday (Ashura).
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  • Dec
  • 9
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  • Afghanistan Moves 2011 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has moved the upcoming Prophet's Birthday public holiday to Wednesday, February 16, 2011, as the currently expected date conflicts with that year's Liberation Day public holiday.
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  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Afghanistan Moves To 2-Day Weekends

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, announced that, effective immediately, Thursdays would join Fridays as the new official 2-day weekend.
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  • Jul
  • 18
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  • Afghanistan Declares July 19-20 Public Holidays

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared a 2-day public holiday for Monday and Tuesday, July 19 and 20, 2010, on the occasion of next week's international conference.
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  • Jun
  • 1
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  • Afghanistan Declares 2-Day Jirga Public Holidays

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has declared Wednesday and Thursday, June 2 and 3, 2010, as one-off public holidays on account of the peace jirga being conducted on those 2 days.
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2009

  • Nov
  • 17
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  • Afghanistan Declares November 19 Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Thursday, November 19, 2009, as a one-off public holiday to coincide with the date of the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai for a second, five-year, term of office.
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  • Aug
  • 8
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  • Afghanistan Announces Ramadan Dates

    OCHA (Kabul) - Saturday, August 22, 2009, has been announced as the date of the 1st day of this year's month of Ramadan and its associated public holiday.
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  • Mar
  • 16
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  • Afghanistan Declares March 17 Public Holiday

    AFP (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared March 17, 2009, as a one-off public holiday, to coincide with the re-burial of ex-president Mohammad Daud Khan, killed in a Soviet-backed coup in 1978, and whose remains were recently uncovered.
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  • Mar
  • 5
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  • Afghanistan Election Commission Confirms August 20 Election Date

    BBC South Asia (Kabul) - Afghanistan's Election Commission has rejected a recent decree from President Hamid Karzai that would have moved the date of the upcoming elections from August 20, 2009, to April.
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  • Jan
  • 29
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  • Afghanistan Announces August 20 Presidential Election

    Reuters (Kabul) - Earlier today, the government of Afghanistan announced that the presidential elections, widely expected in late-April, had been pushed back to August 20, 2009.
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2007

  • Jul
  • 23
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  • Afghanistan Declares 3 Days of National Mourning

    The Daily Times - President, Hamid Karzai, announced three days of national mourning following the death of former King, Mohammad Zahir Shah.
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  • Feb
  • 14
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  • Afghanistan Adds Soviet Evacuation Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Earlier today, the government, on the recommendation of the lower house of parliament, declared the 26th day of Dalwo (around February 15) as a new annual public holiday to commemorate the victory of mujahidin against the invading Soviet troops eighteen years ago.
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2006

  • Feb
  • 16
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  • Afghanistan To Add Soviet Evacuation Public Holiday

    Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul) - Earlier today, the Afghan Lower House of Parliament decided to observe the anniversary of the day when the Red Army was expelled from Afghanistan, as a new annual public holiday across the country.
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2004

  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Afghanistan Declares December 7 Inauguration Public Holiday

    Associated Press of Pakistan (Islamabad) - Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7, 2004, has been declared a public holiday on the occasion of the oath taking ceremony of the first elected president of Afghanistan.
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  • Jan
  • 7
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  • Afghanistan New Constitution Includes 2 New Public Holidays

    Afghan National Assembly - The recently ratified new constitution of Afghanistan specifies, in its Article 18, two new public holidays, Independence Day and Victory Day.
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2003

  • Oct
  • 24
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  • Afghanistan Declares Start Of Ramadan Public Holiday

    Xinhuanet (Kabul) - The government of Afghanistan has declared Monday, October 27, 2003, as the first day of the month of Ramadan, and a nationwide public holiday.
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2002

  • Sep
  • 8
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  • Afghanistan Declares September 9 Public Holiday

    Afghanistan Television (Kabul) - Afghanistan's President, Hamed Karzai, has issued a decree making Monday, September 9, 2002, the day of martyrs and an official public holiday.
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  • Apr
  • 25
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  • Afghanistan Declares April 28 Public Holiday

    Balkh Radio (Mazar-e Sharif) - The interim administration of Afghanistan's cabinet secretariat has announced that Sunday, April 28, 2002, would be an official public holiday throughout Afghanistan, to mark the 10th anniversary of the entry of the Mojahedin to Kabul.
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  • Mar
  • 20
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  • Afghanistan Celebrate First New Year Holiday Since Taleban Demise

    Afghan News Network - Afghans are celebrating the Afghan new year for the first time since 1996, when the now ousted Taleban seized control of the country and banned the holiday of Narooz, calling it un-Islamic.
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  • Feb
  • 7
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  • Afghanistan Re-Adopts Solar Calendar

    Afghan News Network (Kabul) - The leader of the Afghan interim government, Hamid Karzai, has issued a decree replacing the Islamic lunar calendar with the traditional Afghan solar calendar.
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1997

  • Jan
  • 4
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  • Afghanistan Declares January 5th Public Holiday

    Radio Voice of Shariah (Kabul) - An announcement by the presidential office of the Islamic State of Afghanistan, declared tomorrow, Sunday, January 5, 1997, a public holiday so that people can offer Estesqa (a prayer asking Almighty God to send rain).
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See also: Afghanistan bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Background Information (Afghanistan)