Afghanistan Holidays (dates* for 2010)

• 26 Feb: Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)
• 21 Mar: Nowruz (Persian New Year)
• 28 Apr: Victory of the Muslim Nation (Withdrawal of Soviet Forces)
• 01 May: Labor Day
• 19 Aug: National Day (Independent Sovereignty from Britain)
• 09 Sep: Masood Day, commemorating the assassination of Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Masood
• 10 Sep: Eid al-Fitr (After a month of fasting, Afghans visit and/or entertain their friends and give gifts)
• 15 Nov: Eid-al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice — commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s devotion to God)
• 16 Dec: Ashura (Shi’a day of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E.)

Note: The week prior to Eid al-Fitr is an appropriate time to provide performance or other types of bonuses to Afghan national employees such as interpreters/translators; dates for religious holidays are approximated; each year the holidays are adjusted to the lunar calendar

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