Holidays in Afghanistan 2026

There are 16 public holidays in Afghanistan in 2026, five of which fall on weekends: Friday and Saturday.

Liberation Day
Liberation Day is a public holiday observed on February 15, 2026, marking the final withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.

Start of Ramadan
The Start of Ramadan is also called Awal Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of fasting, and Muslims will fast for the whole month of Ramadan. The Start of Ramadan is the first day starting the fasting, and it falls on February 17, 2026.

Eid al-Fitr
Muslims worldwide celebrate this religious holiday, celebrating the end of a month of fasting. The holiday falls on the first day of Syawal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The holiday lasts three days, from March 20 to March 22, 2026.

Victory Day
Victory Day is observed on April 28, 2026. The holiday commemorates the day when Mujahideen rebel forces overthrew the Communist regime in 1992.

International Workers' Day
International Workers' Day, observed on May 01, 2026, celebrates workers' achievements. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

Arafat Day
Arafat Day is the holiest day in the Islamic calendar, and it is observed on May 26, 2026, the day before Eid al-Adha. Arafat Day commemorates Muhammad's Farewell Sermon and the completion of the message of Islam.

Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, is an important Muslim festival. The holiday lasts three days, from May 27 to May 29, 2026, and honors the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command.

Ashura means "tenth" in Semitic languages, and it marks the day that Moses and the Israelites were saved from Pharaoh by God creating a path in the Sea. The holiday falls on June 25, 2026.

Independence Day
The holiday is observed on August 19, 2026, commemorating the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919, in which Afghanistan was granted complete neutral relations between Afghanistan and Britain.

The Prophet's Birthday
The holiday, observed on August 25, 2026, commemorates the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, an Arab religious and political leader and the founder of Islam. Muhammad was born around 570 AD in Mecca and was a deeply spiritual man who meditated.

The following is the list of public holidays in Afghanistan 2026.

Liberation DayFeb 15, 2026SundayPublic Holiday
Start of RamadanFeb 17, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-FitrMar 20, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Fitr HolidayMar 21, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Fitr HolidayMar 22, 2026SundayPublic Holiday
Victory DayApr 28, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
International Workers' DayMay 01, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Arafat DayMay 26, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-AdhaMay 27, 2026WednesdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Adha HolidayMay 28, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Adha HolidayMay 29, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
AshuraJun 25, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday
Anniversary of Return PowerAug 15, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday
Independence DayAug 19, 2026WednesdayPublic Holiday
The Prophet's BirthdayAug 25, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
The Withdrawal of the
Last American Soldier
Aug 31, 2026MondayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Afghanistan in 2026.

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