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How many holidays does Iran have?

Iran has the most public holidays in the world, we actually have 22 official Iran holidays.

Iran holiday

 Note that most of these Iran holidays are by the lunar system so their date's changes in solar system yearly. The dates in this article are for 2019. If you want to know more about the reasons for our holidays, follow us in this article.


The first day of spring and also the first day of the Iranian calendar is called Nowruz. Nowruz is the biggest festival we celebrate in Iran. Usually, before Nowruz, we do house cleaning and shopping as a symbol of cleansing our hearts and when the Nowruz comes we will visit our family and friends, usually, younger ones visit the older ones and the best part of Nowruz festival is the Haft-sin (seven objects starting with “s” in Persian). Like the Christmas tree Christians have, in Iran we celebrate our year around a tablecloth. On that tablecloth sits the Haft-sin: Sabze (wheat), Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat germ), Senjed (Persian olive), Serkeh (Vinegar), Sib (apple), Sir (garlic), and Sumaq. If you are a fan of celebrating and you want to see Iran as colorful as it is at our festival, you must come and visit Iran in Nowruz. Much like Santa clause we have Amu Nowruz (uncle Nowruz) who brings children gifts and dances on the streets.

 Sizdah Bedar   

The Holidays of Nowruz lasts 13 days and on the finishing day of the holiday, we celebrate the Natures day (Sizdah Bedar). In the Sizdah Bedar people picnic in the parks and jungles, we also do a lot of other interesting fun things on this day. Remember about Sabze in the Haft-sin? It's time to leave the wheat into nature and let it grow on the ground. Knotting the greenery is also an Iranian tradition done in Sizdah Bedarm, usually, the single young girls tie the leaves of the greenery and wish to find a husband or partner. We also have the prank-playing April Fools' Day in our own way and call it Doruq-Sizdah. So if you are a fan of nature or picnicking make sure to visit Iran in Sizdah Bedar.

 Eid ul-Fitr 

Eid ul-Fitr or also known as Festival of breaking the Fast is one of our most important and celebrated religious festivals. Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated yearly in all of the Muslim countries at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is an Islamic month famous for the month of feast of god. In this month all the Muslims Fast and pray. It is said that all the good things we do in Ramadan have twice the value to god than the other months. In Eid ul-Fitr fasting is Haram and people celebrate and serve pastry and tea or coffee in the streets. This day is very important to us and most couples try their best to organize their wedding to be one this day, so if you are a fan of celebration, you should travel to Iran on this sacred day.


Iranian pilgrims crossed Iran-Iraq borders on foot on to arrive in Karbala on October 20th for the annual Shia pilgrimage of Arbaeen. Pilgrims will have to walk for 82 kilometers (50 miles) to reach Karbala. The Arbaeen pilgrimage to Karbala in Iraq is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, marking the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the seventh century. Imam Hussein is said to be the third Shia Imam and the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

Birth of Imam Ali

Ali was the cousin and son in law of Prophet Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam. Holy Prophet Muhammad assigned Imam Ali as his heir but after his death his friend Abu Bakr was named caliph and ruler of the Islamic community, then after his death Umar ibn Khattab ruled the Muslim community as the second caliph, and then Uthman Ibn Affan as the third caliph, so Imam Ali ruled as the fourth caliph of Muslims. He has a lot of respect and significance among all the Muslims Sunni and Shia, therefore in Iran, the Birth of Imam Ali is also celebrated as the men’s (father’s) day and we all buy gifts for our fathers, husbands, sons, and friends and celebrate the men’s day.

Martyrdom of Imam Reza

One of the Best Iran holidays to travel to Iran by religious this sacred day, nearly half Iranians travel to Mashhad to mourn for the death of our 8th Shia Imam in his shrine in Mashhad. If you want to capture the Muslim religious acts and habits or to study our religious this would be the Iran Holiday you were looking for.


Ashura or in English “10th” is the 10th day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. In some of our cities (near the desert ones) like Yazd, we do Nakhl Gardani ceremony on this day and as you see in the photos Nakhl Gardani is not a festival to miss in your Iran trip.  Nakhl Gardani is an act of mourn in which people carry a Nakhl like Imam Hussein’s coffin from one place to another, resembling his funeral. Aside from Yazd, we have some religious local special ceremonies in each city of Iran. 

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