The Embassy of Afghanistan will be closed on all Canadian and Afghanistan National holidays and official recess
AFGHANISTAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
New Year (March 20 or 21): The national Now Ruz festival marks the first day of spring, also considered the beginning of the New Year. This ancient celebration comes from Zoroastrianism, the religion that was widely practised in areas of the Middle East before the rise of Islam. On New Year’s Day in Kabul, families usually serve a drink made of seven dried fruits (haft mewa).
The most important national holiday is Independence Day. Businesses close for one day of celebrations. People wear colourful clothes, set off fireworks, dance, and hold parades and buzkashi matches.
- April 28 (ـ8ـ ثـــور)
- National Labor day (May 1)
- Independence day (August 19, 1919)
ISLAMIC CALENDAR HOLIDAYS
Most holidays in Afghanistan, as in other Muslim countries, celebrate important events in the Islamic calendar, which follows the lunar cycle. Consequently, the dates of holidays change yearly
The main Muslim events are the ten days of mourning called Muharram; Mohammed’s birthday; the month of Ramadan; the Eid Al Fitr feast at the end of Ramadan; and the Eid Al Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice.
- Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) > Date TBC due to lunar cycles
- Tenth of Moharram (Ashura) > Date TBC due to lunar cycles
- Mawlud Nabi (Birth of the Prophet) > Date TBC due to lunar cycles
- First Day of Ramadan >Date TBC due to lunar cycles
- Eid ul-Fitr > Date TBC due to lunar cycles
*Dates may vary according to the sighting of the moon
Holidays such as Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, Ashura and Mawlud Nabi are dependent on the Islamic lunar calendar and vary from year to year. The reason in the variances is that lunar calendar is 10 days shorter than solar calendars
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