Public holidays in Bahrain

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The following table indicates declared Bahrain government national holidays for the year 2015 only—cultural variants also provide opportunity for holidays tied to local events. In total there are 10 public holidays.

2015 public holidays

Date English name Local (Arabic) name Description
1 January New Year's Day رأس السنة الميلادية The Gregorian New Year's Day, celebrated by most parts of the world.
3 January, 24 December [1] Prophet Muhammad's birthday المولد النبوي Commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world.
1 May Labour Day يوم العمال Locally called "Eid Al Oumal" (Workers' Day), it is an annual holiday that celebrates the achievements of workers.
17–19 July Little Feast عيد الفطر Commemorates end of Ramadan.
22 September Arafat Day يوم عرفة Commemoration of Muhammad's final sermon and completion of the message of Islam.
23–25 September Feast of the Sacrifice عيد الأضحى Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Also known as the Big Feast (celebrated from the 10th to 13th).
14 October Islamic New Year رأس السنة الهجرية Islamic New Year (also known as: Hijri New Year).
22–23 November Day of Ashura عاشوراء Represent the 9th and 10th day of the Hijri month of Muharram. Coincide with the memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
16 December National Day اليوم الوطني National Day of Bahrain.
17 December Accession Day يوم الجلوس Accession Day for the late Amir Sh. Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

See also

  • Islamic calendar - for further expansion on the months and days identified above