Public Holidays

1 January New Year’s Day

8 March International Women’s Day

21–23 March Nawroz, or Navrus (Persian New Year), called Ba’at in Badakhshan

1 May International Labour Day

9 May Victory Day (a commemoration of WWII)

27 June Day of National Unity and Accord (for reconciliation after the 1990s civil war)

9 September Independence Day

6 November Constitution Day

Major Islamic hoildays are also celebrated including Idi Kurbon (Eid al-Adha, Feast of Sacrifice) and Idi Fitr (Eid al-Fitr; the end of Ramadan).

As well as national holidays, Ismaili communities in Badakhshan and beyond celebrate Imamat Day (July 11, the anniversary of the current Aga Khan taking over the Ismaili Imamat), Ruz-i-Nour (Day of Lights; May 25, commemorating the first visit of the current Imam to Gorno Badakhshan 1995) and Ruz-i-Mavlud (December 13, the Aga Khan's birthday). On all three days concerts, folklore shows and/or sports events take place in Khorog City Park, Dushanbe's Ismaili Centre and almost any Ismaili village.