Holidays in Bahrain 2026

In Bahrain, there are eight public holidays with 14 days in 2026. The weekends are Friday and Saturday in Bahrain, and five days fall on weekends.

New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2026, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.

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 22, 2026.

May Day
May Day, also known as Labor Day, falls on May 1, 2026 celebrating the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

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 26 to 28, 2026, and honors the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son to obey God's command.

Islamic New Year
Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar year, and it is observed on the first day of the month of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It falls on June 16, 2026.

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 26 and 27, 2026.

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.

National Day
The holiday is celebrated on December 16 and 17, 2026, and marks the anniversary of Bahrain's independence from the British on August 15, 1971. The celebration date, observed on December 16, coincides with the day Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa ascended to the throne.

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

New Year DayJan 01, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-FitrMar 20, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Fitr HolidayMar 21, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Fitr HolidayMar 22, 2026SundayPublic Holiday
May DayMay 01, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Eid al-AdhaMay 26, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Adha HolidayMay 27, 2026WednesdayPublic Holiday
Eid al-Adha HolidayMay 28, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday
Arafat DayJun 05, 2026FridayGovernment
Islamic New YearJun 16, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
AshuraJun 26, 2026FridayPublic Holiday
Ashura HolidayJun 27, 2026SaturdayPublic Holiday
The Prophet's BirthdayAug 25, 2026TuesdayPublic Holiday
National DayDec 16, 2026WednesdayPublic Holiday
National Day HolidayDec 17, 2026ThursdayPublic Holiday

Please also check the working days in Bahrain in 2026.

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