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)
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.
Dates may vary for Christians.
- Good Friday (Varies each year)
- Easter Sunday (Varies each year)
- Christmas (25th of December)
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