Iranian Culture

Dates of Significance

National Holidays

  • Revolution Day (11th of February)
  • Oil Nationalisation Day (19th of March)
  • Nowruz - Persian New Year (21st of March)
  • Islamic Republic Day (31st of March)
  • Sizdah Be Dar - Nature Day (1st of April)
  • Anniversary of Khomeini’s Death (4th of June)
  • Revolt of Khordad 15 (5th of June)


Islamic Dates

The following Shi’a Muslim dates of significance are based on the Islamic lunar calendar, and so the dates on the Gregorian calendar vary from year to year.

  • Martyrdom of Fatima
  • Birthday of Imam Ali
  • Prophet’s Ascension
  • Imam Mahdi’s birthday
  • Ashura- Martyrdom of Imam Ali
  • Eid-e-Fitr - end of Ramadan
  • Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
  • Eid-e-Ghorban - Feast of Sacrifice
  • Eid-al-Ghadir
  • Tassoua
  • Arbaeen
  • Martyrdom of Imam Reza
  • Birthday of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Sadeq


Bahá’í Dates

  • Ayyam-i-ha (26th of February to 1st of March)
  • Bahá’í fasting month (2nd to 20th of March)
  • Naw-Ruz (21st of March)
  • Festival of Ridivan (21st of April to 2nd of May)
  • Declaration of Bab (23rd of May)
  • Ascension of Baha’u’llah (29th of May)
  • Martyrdom of the Bab (9th of July)
  • Birth of the Bab (20th of October)
  • Birth of Baha’u’llah (12th of November)
  • Day of the Covenant (26th of November)
  • Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’ (28th of November)
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Iran
  • Population
    82,801,633
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Persian (official)
    Azeri and other Turkic dialects
    Kurdish
    Gilaki and Mazandarani
    Luri
    Balochi
    Arabic
  • Religions
    Islam (99.4%)
    Shi'a (90-95%)
    Sunni (5-10%)
    Non-Muslim (0.3%)
    Un-declared (0.3%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Persian
    Azeri (Azerbaijani)
    Kurd
    Lur
    Turkmen
    Arab
    Baloch
    Talysh
    Armenians
    Assyrians
    Turkic tribes
    Others
  • Cultural Dimensions
    58
    41
    43
    59
    14
    40
  • Australians with Iranian Ancestry
    62,793 [2016 census]
Iranians in Australia
  • Population
    58,112
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iran.
  • Average Age
    36
  • Gender
    Males (53.6%)
    Females (46.4%)
  • Religion
    Islam (36.8%)
    No Religion (18.4%)
    Bahá’í (18.2%)
    Other (17.2%)
    Not stated (9.4%)
  • Ancestry
    Iranian (72.6%)
    Other (13.7%)
    Armenian (4.2%)
    Assyrian (4.2%)
    Not stated (5.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Persian [excluding Dari] (71.1%)
    English (7.4%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (4.3%)
    Armenian (3.8%)
    Other (13.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 79.1% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (44.9%)
    Victoria (21.6%)
    Western Australia (10.8%)
    Queensland (10.3%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (46.1%)
    2001-2006 (17.2%)
    2007-2011 (30.1%)
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