National Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017
Secular holiday : Celebrates the day when American forces returned the presidential palace to the Iraqi authorities on Dec. 31, 2008.
Army Day -
Friday January 6, 2017
Secular holiday : Anniversary of the establishment of the Iraqi army, and founded the first units Iraqi armed forces during the British Mandate of Iraq in 1921, where a regiment Musa al-Kazim, and took command of armed force headquarters in Baghdad, and after the fall of the Iraqi regime in 2003, issued civil administrator for Iraq Paul Bremer’s decision to disband the Iraqi army, was then re-formed in stages.
Three Holy Hierarchs -
Monday January 30, 2017
cards/flowers : Refers to Basil the Great (also known as Basil of Caesarea), Gregory the Theologian (also known as Gregory of Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom. They were highly influential bishops of the early church who played pivotal roles in shaping Christian theology. Wikipedia
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Monday December 12, 2016
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Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.