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Iran (Islamic Republic of) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Rial (IRR)
  • Iran holds a world record as far as of non working days (132 yearly, week-ends incl.).
    Internet domain: .ir - Telephone code: +98 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +3:30 (DST: no)
  • Week-end: Thursday afternoon & Friday
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    Tuesday January 10, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Saturday February 4, 2023Birthday of Imam AliMuslim, Sufi
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    Saturday February 11, 2023Revolution DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday February 18, 2023Ascension of MohammedMuslim, Sufi
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    Saturday March 4, 2023Arbor Daycards/flowers
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    Sunday March 5, 2023Arbor DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Birthday of Imam MahdiSecular holiday
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    Thursday March 16, 2023New year holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday March 20, 2023Oil Nationalization daySecular holiday
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023NoruzZoroastrian
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    Wednesday March 22, 2023NoruzZoroastrian
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    Thursday March 23, 2023NoruzZoroastrian
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday March 24, 2023NoruzZoroastrian
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday April 1, 2023Islamic Republic DayNational Day
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    Sunday April 2, 2023New year holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday April 2, 2023Day of NatureSecular holiday
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    Sunday April 2, 2023Sizdah-bedar (National day to end Noruz)Events, celebrations...
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    Saturday April 8, 2023National Day of Nuclear TechnologyEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday April 13, 2023Martyrdom of Imam AliSecular holiday
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Sunday April 23, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Tuesday May 16, 2023Martyrdom of Imam SadeqSecular holiday
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    Wednesday May 17, 2023Omar Khayyam DayEvents, celebrations...
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    School holidays

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    Tuesday January 10, 2023
    School holidays : Http://www.medu.ir
    Due to various climate zones in Iran, school calendars vary from region to region
    official calendar gazetted by the Ministry of Education
    weekend: Thursday-Friday
    girls and boys are not educated together
    Number of instructional days: 185 (theoretical); 167 (real)
    Number of instructional hours: 1110
    Average daily instructional hours: 07:30-12:00 & 12:30-17:00 (primary) -- 07:30-13:00-17:00 & 13:00-17:00 (secondary)
    University of Tehran ranking: Times Higher Education #4501-600/QS ranking #601-650/Shanghai #301-400

    We carry confirmed dates till June 2023: calendar to be viewed in Farsi here https://edu.iut.ac.ir/fa/tqwym-amwzshy-sal-thsyly-1402-1401

    In Tehran, schools may close many days due to pollution or heat waves
    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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    Birthday of Imam Ali

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    Saturday February 4, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Ali ibn Abi Talib (599 - 661) is an early Islamic leader. He is seen by Sunni Muslims as the last of the four Rightly Guided Caliphs. Shi'a Muslims consider him the First Imam appointed by the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the first rightful caliph. Ali was the cousin of Muhammad, and after marriage to Fatima Zahra, he also became Muhammad's son-in-law. Wikipedia

    Revolution Day

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    Saturday February 11, 2023
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 www.cbi.ir

    Ascension of Mohammed

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    Saturday February 18, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Arbor Day

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    Saturday March 4, 2023
    cards/flowers : Tree-planting day

    Arbor Day

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    Sunday March 5, 2023
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    Birthday of Imam Mahdi

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    Secular holiday : Muhammad al-Mahdī (born 868) is the twelfth and final Shi'a Imam. He is the person believed by Shi'as to be the Mahdi; a figure considered by both Sunnis and Shias to be the ultimate saviour of humankind. Shi'as believe that he was born in 868 and has been hidden by God to later emerge to fulfill his mission. They believe that in the future he will bring absolute peace and justice throughout the world by establishing Islam as the global religion. Wikipedia

    New year holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday March 16, 2023
    School holidays :

    Oil Nationalization day

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    Monday March 20, 2023
    Secular holiday : In March, 1951, Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a nationalist, received the vote required from the Iranian parliament to nationalize the British-owned oil corporation, Anglo Iran Oil Company, in a situation known as the Abadan Crisis. Despite British pressure, including an economic blockade which caused real hardship, the nationalization continued. In 1954 it was suspended by the Shah, who in 1973 re-nationalized oil. http://www.cbi.ir

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    Special Events :

    Noruz

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    Zoroastrian : no means new and rouz means day in Persian. Celebrates new year in Iran and various Central Asian countries (as well as among the Kurds). Considered as the beginning of the Baha'í year.

    Noruz

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    Wednesday March 22, 2023
    Zoroastrian : no means new and rouz means day in Persian. Celebrates new year in Iran and various Central Asian countries (as well as among the Kurds). Considered as the beginning of the Baha'í year.

    Noruz

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
    Zoroastrian : no means new and rouz means day in Persian. Celebrates new year in Iran and various Central Asian countries (as well as among the Kurds). Considered as the beginning of the Baha'í year.

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    Noruz

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    Friday March 24, 2023
    Zoroastrian : no means new and rouz means day in Persian. Celebrates new year in Iran and various Central Asian countries (as well as among the Kurds). Considered as the beginning of the Baha'í year.

    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Islamic Republic Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : On April 1, 1979, after a landslide victory in a national referendum in which only one choice was offered (Islamic Republic: Yes or No), Ayatollah Khomeini declared an Islamic republic with a new Constitution reflecting his ideals of Islamic government. Ayatollah Khomeini became supreme spiritual leader (Valy-e-Faqih) of Iran.

    New year holiday (end)

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    Sunday April 2, 2023
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    Day of Nature

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    Sunday April 2, 2023
    Secular holiday : Sizdah-Bedar

    Sizdah-bedar (National day to end Noruz)

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    Sunday April 2, 2023
    Culture : The thirteenth day of the Persian New Year marks the end of the Noruz break. This tradition is called Sizdah Bedar (sizdah means thirteen) which in English translates to getting rid of thirteen . The concept of avoiding the number thirteen is mainly to symbolize the will and power to deal with all evil in the new year. http://www.farhangsara.com

    National Day of Nuclear Technology

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    Saturday April 8, 2023
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    Martyrdom of Imam Ali

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    Thursday April 13, 2023
    Secular holiday : According to tradition, three Muslim zealots (purists later termed Kharijites) had agreed to assassinate Ali, Mu'awiyah and `Amr. The assassins sent against Mu'awiyah and `Amr failed; the only assassin who succeeded was the one who attacked Ali. Ali suffered a mortal head wound on the 19th of Ramadan while he was performing morning prayers in mosque in the city of Kufa. Some say that the sword that wounded him was poisoned. According to the Shia tradition, as he was being struck, Ali said By the Lord of the Ka'bah, I have succeeded ! Wikipedia

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Sunday April 23, 2023
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    Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq

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    Tuesday May 16, 2023
    Secular holiday : Jafar Sadeq (April 20, 702 - December 4, 765), is considered the sixth Shi'a imam by Twelver Shi'a Muslims. He was a theologian and jurist. His rulings are the basis of the Jafari school of Shi'a jurisprudence; but he is well respected by Sunnis for his contributions to the Sunni scholarship as well. The dispute over who was to succeed him led to the split of the Ismailis from the mainstream Twelver Shi'a and the establishment of the Aga Khans' family line. He died on December 4, 765. Some say that he was poisoned, thus becoming a martyr, like the Shi'a imams before him. He is buried in Medina, in the famous Jannat al-Baqi cemetery. Wikipedia

    Omar Khayyam Day

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    Wednesday May 17, 2023
    Culture : Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), a Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet, was renowned in his own country and in his own lifetime for his scientific achievements, but is chiefly known to English-speaking readers through the translation by the English writer Edward Fitzgerald of a collection of his Rubaiyat (“quatrains”) in “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (1859).