Iran Public Holidays

Mount Damavand Hiking, Trekking and Climbing Tours

Iran's Public Holidays and Weekends

If you're planning a trekking tour to Mount Damavand, or a cultural trip for Iran sightseeing tour, avoid summer public holidays and weekends to minimize crowds and hassles. Regarding Damavand hiking tour program, school vacations from June 20th to September 23rd are particularly busy, with the peak occurring around August 6th. Choose your travel dates outside these periods for a more enjoyable experience. Iran's weekends are Thursday and Friday, with Saturday and Sunday being normal working days. Friday is the Islamic day of rest.

Trekking Damavand Iran, Photo by A. Soltani
Summer Trekking Mt Damavand Iran
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

Iran's Weekends
Unlike most of the world, Iran's official weekend falls on Thursday and Friday, with the workweek running from Saturday to Wednesday. To ensure everything goes smoothly, please share your specific travel dates before booking your flights. We can then work together to finalize all your trip arrangements.

Multi-Layer Cloud on Mount Damavand Iran
A Multi-Layer Cloud on Mount Damavand Iran
Fabulous capture by Abdulah Hekmat

Disadvantages of Iran Holidays

It's not the best time to travel to Iran during holidays. In short, you might not have the best experience traveling to Iran during holidays due to crowds, traffic jams, and safety concerns.

Here's why:

  • Crowds: Damavand Camps and hotels fill up quickly, especially during holidays. Finding a good place to stay and relax might be difficult.
  • Traffic: Roads get very crowded, especially the route to Mount Damavand (Haraz Road). This can lead to delays and frustration.
  • Safety: Unfortunately, accidents are more common during holidays. Tired drivers, crowded vehicles, and inexperienced drivers contribute to this risk.
Damavand Mountain
Damavand Cap Cloud
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani, Damavand Guide

Iran Holidays in 2024

The combination of official holidays, weekends, and the possibility of inter-holiday breaks creates a series of holidays that can lead to problems in various areas.

Avoid traveling in those periods. The long holiday weekend brings large Damavand crowd and creates heavy traffic on the roads, making it an unpleasant time for sport activities.

Persian New Year - 1403
While Iran celebrates its New Year on March 20th, it's not the best time for traveling, especially for challenging activities like climbing or skiing Mount Damavand. Crowds and potential disorganization can lead to a less enjoyable experience, so consider planning your trip outside of this busy holiday period (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday).

January 2024
25 Jan: Birth of Imam Ali

February 2024
8 Feb: The Mission of the Prophet Muhammad
11 Feb: Revelation Day
Major Holiday 8 -11 Feb

25 Feb: Birth of Imam Mahdi (255 AH)
Major Holiday 22 -25 Feb

March 2024
19 March: Nationalization Day of the Iranian Oil Industry (1329 HS)
20 March: Beginning of Nowruz (New Year's Day)
21 March: Nowruz
22 March: Nowruz
23 March: Nowruz
Persian New Year Holiday 19-23 March

31 March: Republic Day

April 2024
1April: 13 Farvardin Natur Day - روز طبیعت also known as Sizde-Bedar (سیزده‌بدر)
& Martyrdom of Imam Ali [21st Ramadan].
Major Holiday 28 March - 1 April (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday)

10 April: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
11 April: Eid al-Fitr Holiday
Major Holiday 10 - 12 April (Weekend + Holiday)

May 2024
4 May: Martyrdom of Imam Ja'far Sadegh
Holiday 2 - 4 May

June 2024
3 June: Demise of Ayatollah Khomeini (1368 HS)
4 June: Uprising of June 15 (1342 HS)
Major Holiday 3 - 7 June (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday)

17 June: Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
25 June: Eid al-Ghadir

July 2024
15 July: Tasu'a (Ninth Day of Muharram)
16 July: Ashura (Day of Martyrdom of Imam Hussein)
Major Holiday 15 - 19 July (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday)

August 2024
25 August: Arbaeen (40th Day of Martyrdom of Imam Hussein)
Holiday 22-25 August (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday)

September 2024
2 Sep: Demise of Prophet Muhammad (11 AH), Martyrdom of Imam Hassan
4 Sep: Martyrdom of Imam Reza (203 AH)
Major Holiday 4 - 6 Sep (Weekend + Holiday + Inter-Holiday)

12 Sep: Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Askari (260 AH)
Holiday 12 - 13 Sep (Weekend + Holiday)

21 Sep: Birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (54 years before Hijrah)
Holiday 19 - 21 Sep (Weekend + Holiday)

December 2024
5 Dec: Martyrdom of Fatima Zahra (11 AH)
Holiday 5 - 6 Dec (Weekend + Holiday)

Trek Damavand Iran
Damavand Trekking Tour
August 2012 - Photo Amir Manian

Iran Calendar

There are too many holidays in Iranian calendar which is the major problem for foreign tourists because some sightseeing sites are closed especially in religious holidays. Also some unofficial holidays are added to these national holidays making it worse.

Three different calendar systems are used in Iran are the main cause of problem and make some major holidays and long weekends:

1 - The Solar calendar "Hejri-Shamsi" is the main calendar.
2 - The Lunar calendar " Hejri-Qamari" is for religious events.
3 - The Gregorian calendar is for international events like May Day.

Iranian (Persian) New Year - Nowruz

The Persian year or Solar Hejri year begins 21 March of each Gregorian calendar and ends 20 March of the next year. The first day of the Iranian calendar is also the beginning of the greatest festival and holidays in Iran, Afghanistan and surrounding countries, it is called Novruz ( nov = new) and ruz = day, meaning "new day").

Novruz is the traditional Iranian (Persian) new year holiday celebrated in Iran which marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian Calendar. It is celebrated on the first day of spring in northern hemisphere. It usually occurs on the March 21 or the previous/following day. Nowruz is referred to as an Eid festival.

Major Iranian Public Holidays and Anniversaries

Dates for anniversaries are based on the Persian solar calendar, Muslim calendar or Zoroastrian calendar, there are about 25 holidays.

Persian Holidays in Solar Calendar

11 February

Iranian revolution Day 22 Bahman 1979
Bahman 22 Victory of the Revolution پیروزی انقلاب

20 March

Nationalization of the oil industries 1951
Esfand 29 ملی شدن صنعت نفت

21 to 24 March

Iranian New Year Nowruz of ancient Iranian origin
Farvardin, Nowrooz عید نوروز Also known as "Eid"

1 April

Republic Day
Farvardin 12, Ruz-e Jumhuri

2 April

Nature Day

Sizdah Bedar 13th day after the new year, end of festivities for Nowruz
Farvardin 13, روز طبیعت also known as Sizde-Bedar (سیزده‌بدر)

4 - 5 June

Khordad 14 Rehlat, there is a major holidays in Iran in the first week of june, 4 and 5 June 2010, (unofficially may be more, due to the long weekend).

Iran Holidays in Lunar Calendar

The dates on the Muslim calendar vary from year to year.

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
Muharram 9 Tasu'a of Imam Hussain تاسوعا
Muharram 10 Ashura of Imam Hussain عاشورا
Safar 20 Arba'een of Imam Hussain اربعین
Safar 28 Demise of prophet Muhammad and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (Mujtaba)
وفات حضرت محمد و شهادت امام حسن مجتبی
Safar 30 Martyrdom of Imam Reza شهادت امام رضا
Rabi'-ul-Awwal 17 Birth of Muhammad and Imam Jafar ولادت حضرت محمد و امام جعفر صادق
Jamaad-ath-Thaanee 3 Martyrdom of Fatima شهادت حضرت فاطمه
Rajab 13 Birth of Imam Ali ولادت امام علی
Rajab 27 Mission of Muhammad بعثت حضرت محمد
Sha'aban 15 Birth of Imam Mahdi ولادت امام مهدی
Ramadhan 21 Martyrdom of Imam Ali شهادت امام علی
Shawwal 1 Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadhan) عید فطر
Shawwal 25 Martyrdom of Imam Jafar شهادت امام جعفر صادق
Dh-ul-Hajja 10 Eid ul-Adha (Ghurban) عید قربان
Dh-ul-Hajja 18 Eid al-Ghadeer عید غدیر

Mt Damavand Peak
Mt Damawand Summit Iran

Gregorian Vs Solar Hejri Calendars

To convert the Solar Hejri year into Gregorian year add 621 years to the current Solar Hejri year (provided the Gregorian day is 21 March or later, if earlier in the year, add 622).

Gregorian calendars = Solar Hejri - Shamsi calendars
A short table of year correspondences between the Gregorianand the Iranian calendars.
2011–2012 = 1390
2012–2013 = 1391
2013–2014 = 1392
2014–2015 = 1393
2015–2016 = 1394

Crowd Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom
Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom Tents and Crowd


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