National Day -
Friday January 1, 2021
Secular holiday : Celebrates the day when American forces returned the presidential palace to the Iraqi authorities on Dec. 31, 2008.
Army Day -
Wednesday January 6, 2021
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.
Winter holiday (end) -
Sunday January 10, 2021
School holidays : Http://www.moedu.gov.iq/
Official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
Literacy rate: Male 84%-Female 64% [Wikipedia]
Teaching language: Arabic
Schooling is mandatory till age 14
schools close on Friday & Saturday
school uniforms required
Dates are confirmed till Aug 2021
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Three Holy Hierarchs -
Saturday January 30, 2021
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
Parliament recess (end) -
Sunday December 6, 2020
Special Events :
Victory Day -
Thursday December 10, 2020
Secular holiday : Over ISIS forces from 2017
Winter holiday (beginning) -
Sunday December 13, 2020
School holidays :
Christmas Day -
Friday December 25, 2020
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.