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Holiday Calendar for Afghanistan

Holiday Calendar for Afghanistan for 2020-2021 year
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Capital: Kabul. Afghani Official languages: Dari (persian) and pashto. Afghanistan holidays are observed with zeal, and people are devoted to religious events.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2020-2021 year

March 2020

Sunday 8 March - Mother's Day in Afghanistan (also Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)

April 2020

May 2020

Friday 1 May - Loya Jirga Gathering Holiday (Kabul, Afghanistan. Holiday date may vary)
Saturday 23 May - Eid al-Fitr (also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan); Eid al-Fitr

July 2020

Wednesday 29 July - The Day of Arafah (is an Islamic holiday that falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar)
Thursday 30 July - Kurban Hait or Eid-al-Adha or Kurban-bayram (Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Hari Raya Aidiladha in Brunei)

August 2020

Wednesday 19 August - Afghan Independence Day (olso Jeshyn-Afghan Day. Commemorates the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, granting independence from Britain)
Friday 28 August - Ashura (is a major festival for Shia Muslims and commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet)
Monday 31 August - Baloch-Pakhtun Unity Day (Balochs and Pashtuns, International observance)

September 2020

October 2020

Wednesday 28 October - The Prophet's Birthday or Mawleed al Nabi (or Mawlid al-Nabi. There is not a single verse in the Qur'an OR a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) forbidding the celebration of Prophet's birthday)

December 2020

Monday 21 December - Yalda Night (شب يلدا Shab-e Yalda, Shab-e Chelle - Persian festival held on the longest and darkest night of the year. Celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan)

February 2021

Monday 15 February - Liberation Day in Afghanistan (withdrawal of the Soviet occupation forces)

Some afghani traditions

Afghanistan holidays might not be for everyone but if you’re willing to be brave then fortune will surely follow.
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