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.