Syrian Culture

Dates of Significance

National Holidays and Observances

  • New Year’s Day (1st of January)
  • Revolution Day (8th of March)
  • Mother’s Day (21st of March)
  • Independence Day (17th of April)
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • ’ Day (6th of May)
  • Armed Forces Day (6th of October)
  • October Liberatory War (6th of October)

Muslim Holidays

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

  • Ramadan: the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This is the month that Muhammad first received revelation from God. Muslims fast for 29-30 days to recognise this event.
  • Eid-ul-Fitr: the end of Ramadan.
  • Eid-ul-Adha: the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar signifying completion of the Haj and Abraham’s sacrifice of a sheep.
  • Muharram: Islamic New Year occurs on the first day of the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, known as Muharram.
  • Mawlid: The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’al-awwal for Sunni Muslims, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th of the same month.

Christian Holidays

Dates may vary for Christians.

  • Good Friday (Varies each year)
  • Easter Sunday (Varies each year)
  • Christmas (25th of December)

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