Summer holiday (end) -
Thursday August 10, 2017
School holidays (please double check) :
Independence Day -
Thursday August 18, 2016
Secular holiday : Commemorates the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919 which granted independence from Britain. The day was celebrated until 1992, when mujahedeen overthrew the former communist regime. The Taliban restored the celebration in 1996.
Pachtuns' Day (can be day before or day after) -
Wednesday August 31, 2016
Secular holiday :
Heroes Day -
Friday September 9, 2016
Banks only : In tribute to Ahmad Shah Massoud (September 2, 1953 – September 9, 2001), a military and political leader in Afghanistan known as the 'Lion of Panjshir'
Mount Arafat Day -
Saturday September 10, 2016
Secular holiday : Commemorates the day the Prophet Abraham took his son Ishmael out into the wilderness to sacrifice him to God. As he raised the knife to take his only son's life in obedience to God's command, his hand was stopped and the Lord provided a ram in Ishmael's place.
Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Sunday September 11, 2016
Muslim, Sufi :
Eid-ul-Adha - Sacrifice Day - Tabaski - Id-el-Kabir (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Monday September 12, 2016
Muslim, Sufi : The second main celebration of Islam. It celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.
Day of Mourning -
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Secular holiday : President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. On 20 September 2011, Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul.