Iraqi Culture

Dates of Significance

National Dates

  • New Year's Day/Sovereignty Day (1st of January)
  • Army Day (6th of January) - not observed in Kurdistan
  • Liberation Day (9th of April) - only observed in Kurdistan
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Ceasefire Day (8th of August)
  • Republic Day (14th of July)
  • Iraqi Independence Day (3rd of October)

Religious Dates

Islamic dates of significance are based on the Islamic lunar calendar, and therefore the actual dates vary from year to year. Some important dates include:

  • Ramadan – Month-long fast
  • Eid-ul-Fitr – End of Ramadan
  • Eid-ul-Adha – Festival of Sacrifice: Signifying completion of the Hajj and Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep
  • Islamic New Year
  • Ashura – Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (Shi’a)
  • Arba’een – Pilgrimage in Iraq commemorating of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (Shi’a)
  • Moulad – The Prophet Birthday: Sunni Muslims observe the prophet Muhammad’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’al-awwal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th of the same month.

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