Libya

Festivals & Holidays

Festivals & Holidays


Public holidays

DateEnglish nameRemarks
17 FebruaryFebruary 17th RevolutionThe start of the Libyan Revolution on 17 February 2011.
1 MayLabour DayCelebrates the achievements of workers.
16 SeptemberMartyr's DayRemembers Libyans killed or exiled under Italian rule and those who are killed in the 17 of February revolution.
23 OctoberLiberation DayDay of Liberation from Gaddafi's Jamahiriya declared on 23 October 2011.
24 DecemberIndependence DayAnniversary of Libyan independence in 1951.

In addition, the following Muslim holidays, which may take place according to the Islamic Calendar (Hijri year), are observed as public holidays:

DateEnglish nameLocal (Arabic) nameDescription
1st MuharramIslamic New Yearرأس السنة الهجريةIslamic New Year (also known as: Hijri New Year).
12th Rabiul AwwalBirth of the Prophetالمولد النبويCommemorates Muhammad's birthday, celebrated in most parts of the Muslim world.
1st, 2nd, 3rd ShawwalLittle Feastعيد الفطرCommemorates end of Ramadan.
9th ZulhijjahArafat Dayيوم عرفة 
10th, 11th, 12th ZulhijjahFeast of the Sacrificeعيد الأضحىCommemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Also known as the Big Feast (celebrated from the 10th to 12th).

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