National Day of Iraq

national dayThe National Day of Iraq is on the 3rd October (Independence from United Kingdom 1932). The Iraqi Independence Day and commemorates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom on October 3, 1932. Iraq used be was under an UN Mandate.

National Day of Iraq

So, before gaining independence. Iraq was a League of Nations mandate under British administration following the First World War. However, the country struggled with political instability and violence for many years after independence, including coups, wars, and the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Despite these challenges. The National Day of Iraq remains an important holiday in the country, celebrated with parades, speeches, and other public events. It is a time for Iraqis to reflect on their history and culture, as well as to look to the future with hope and optimism.

See also the National Day of Kurdistan as well as the National Day of Israel.

Public Holidays in Iraq

The following is a list of some of the most important public holidays in Iraq:

  • New Year’s Day: January 1st
  • Islamic New Year: The Islamic New Year is based on the lunar calendar
  • Ashura: This is a significant religious holiday for Shia Muslims and commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
  • Arbaeen: Shia Muslim observance that marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein.
  • Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday: This holiday commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad
  • National Day: October 3rd is celebrated as the National Day of Iraq
  • Republic Day: July 14th is  Republic Day of Iraq, marking the day the monarchy was overthrown in 1958.
See also  National Day of North Korea


Other public holidays in Iraq include Labor Day (May 1st).



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