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Public holidays in Lebanon

The primary national holiday is Independence Day which is celebrated on November 22.[1]

National Holidays

Date English Name Arabic Name French Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day رأس السنة[2] Le Nouvel an
January 6 Armenian Christmas عيد الميلاد - الأرمن الأرثودكس[2] Noël Arménien The holiday was officially recognized in Lebanon in 2003.[3] It is exclusively celebrated by the Armenians in Lebanon.[4]
February 9 St. Maroun Day عيد مار مارون La Fête de Saint-Maron The holiday is celebrated by the Maronites, hence the name.
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation عيد البشارة La Fête de l'Annonciation [5]
Friday immediately before Easter Sunday Good Friday جمعة الآلام[2] Vendredi Saint Both the Eastern and Western dates are observed. Also called الجمعة العظيمة in Arabic.[2]
moveable Easter Sunday الفصح المجيد[2] Pâques Both the Eastern and Western dates are observed.[2]
May 1 Workers' Day عيد العمّال Fête du Travail
August 15 Feast of the Assumption عيد إنتقال العذراء[2] L'Assomption de Marie
November 22 Lebanese Independence Day عيد الإستقلال[2] La Fête nationale Lebanon gained its independence from France in 1943.
December 25 Christmas عيد الميلاد Noël
Dates following the lunar Islamic calendar
1 Muharram Islamic New Year رأس السنة الهجرية[2] Le Nouvel an islamique In French, it is also known as 1er Muharram.[6]
10 Muharram Day of Ashura ذكرى عاشوراء[2] La Fête de l’Achoura[6] Maqtal al-Husayn is sometimes read on this day.
12 Rabi' al-awwal Mawlid مولد النبي Le Mawlid The holiday is celebrated on 12 Rabi' al-awwal by the Sunnis while it is celebrated on 17 Rabi' al-awwal by the Shi'ites. Also known as mouloud, mouled, maoulide or Mawlid al-Nabi in French.[6]
1 Shawwal Eid ul-Fitr عيد الفطر L'Aïd el-Fitr The holiday lasts for three days until 3 Shawwal. Also known as Id-ul-Fitr, Eid, and the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
10 Dhu al-Hijjah Eid al-Adha عيد الأضحى L’Aïd el-Kebir The holiday lasts three days, ending on 13 Dhu al-Hijjah. Also known as la Fête du sacrifice, Aïd al Adha, or Eid el-Kebir in French.[6]

Other Holidays

Date English Name Arabic Name French Name Remarks
February 15 St. Vartan Day Only celebrated by the Armenian population in Lebanon.[4][7]
March 9 Teachers' Day عيد المعلم La Fête des professeurs The holiday ends on March 9.
March 21 Mother's Day عيد الأم La Fête des Mères The holiday also falls on the Vernal Equinox.
May 6 Martyrs' Day عيد الشهداء Syrian and Lebanese national holiday commemorating the Syrian and Lebanese nationalists executed in Damascus and Beirut on May 6, 1916 by Jamal Pasha.
May 25 Liberation and Resistance Day عيد المقاومة و التحرير Fête de la Libération et Résistance Withdrawal of the Israeli Army from Southern Lebanon in 2000.
November 1 All Saints' Day عيد جميع القديسين Toussaint
moveable Ascension Day عيد الصعود
September 8 Nativity of Mary Nativité de Marie


  1. ^ "National holiday", The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency), retrieved 20 December 2009 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j holidays 2009 in Lebanon, retrieved 2009-08-30 
  3. ^ "Armenian Christmas Becomes National Holiday in Lebanon", Middle East (Lebanon:, 2003-01-07, retrieved 2009-08-30 
  4. ^ a b Figuié, Gérard (1998), "La population", Le point sur le Liban (in French), Maisonneuve & Larose,  
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  6. ^ a b c d Fêtes juives et Fêtes islamiques 2008-2011 (in French), Switzerland: Armée suisse, 2009-02-06, retrieved 2009-08-30 
  7. ^ a b "Lebanon", International Religious Freedom Report 2006 (BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR), retrieved 2009-08-30 

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