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Iraq (Kurdistan) : 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: Dinar (IQD)
  • Internet domain: .iq - Telephone code: +964 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +3 (DST: yes)
  • Weekend: Friday & Saturday
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    Tuesday july 16, 2024AshuraMuslim, Sufi
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    Sunday september 15, 2024Mouloud - Mawlid (Prophet's birthday)Muslim, Sufi
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    Sunday october 20, 2024Parliamentary electionSpecial Events
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    Saturday october 26, 2024MarathonSports events
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    Wednesday november 20, 2024Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Thursday december 19, 2024Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Wednesday december 25, 2024Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Wednesday january 1, 2025National DayNational Day
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    Sunday january 5, 2025Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Tuesday july 16, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi : Martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, killed in the year 680 in Kerbala (Iraq) during his fight against injustice.

    Mouloud - Mawlid (Prophet's birthday)

    Sunday september 15, 2024
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Parliamentary election

    Sunday october 20, 2024
    Special Events :


    Saturday october 26, 2024
    Sports events : 2023 edition confirmed

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

    Wednesday november 20, 2024
    School holidays :

    Winter holiday (beginning)

    Thursday december 19, 2024
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

    Wednesday december 25, 2024
    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.

    National Day

    Wednesday january 1, 2025
    Secular holiday : Celebrates the day when American forces returned the presidential palace to the Iraqi authorities on Dec. 31, 2008.

    Winter holiday (end)

    Sunday january 5, 2025
    School holidays : Erbil International School
    Schooling in Kurdistan is mandatory till age 14
    Teaching languages: Kurdish, English
    Schools are closed on Friday & Saturday
    Number of instructional days: 170
    Number of public schools: 6,700
    Number of private schools: 445
    School uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till July 2025 in international school -- beginning of school year is Sep 13 in public schools

    Please note that authorities may take last-minute decisions; please double-check if this information is vital to you
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