Public holidays in Iraq

This is a list of public holidays in Iraq.

Date Name Notes
January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Army Day
March 6 National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence Declared by the Iraqi PM in honour of Pope Francis' landmark meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric.[1][2]
March 21 Nowruz
April 9 Liberation Day Celebrates the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. (Only in Kurdistan region of Iraq)
May 1 Labour Day
July 14 Republic Day
October 3 National Day Iraqi Independence Day. Celebrates the independence of Iraq from the United Kingdom in 1932[3]
December 10 Victory Day Celebrates the defeat of the ISIS in Iraq in 2017[4]
December 25 Christmas Day
variable Islamic Islamic New Year
Prophet's Birthday
End of Ramadan (3 days)
Feast of the Sacrifice (4 days)

Other important dates[]

These are working days at the KRG Council of Ministers, and businesses are open. Special events take place around the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to mark these dates.[5]


  1. ^ "Iraq declares 6 March "National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence" - Vatican News". 6 March 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Iraqi PM declares national day of tolerance in honor of papal meeting with top Shiite cleric". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Iraq Public Holidays in 2021 - Calendarific". Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State".
  5. ^ "National holidays and key dates in the Kurdistan Region's history". Retrieved 15 January 2022.