Algeria is an Islamic country with specific holidays in Algeria that are strictly followed by all official authorities. The local population is also deeply respectful towards those dates. Therefore, if you are planning to travel to Algeria, you should at best keep in mind these important holidays in Algeria.
Public Holidays in Algeria
The public holidays that are official and have a fix date are:
- New Year’s Day- 1st of January
- Labor Day- 1st of May
- Independence Day- 5th of July. Algeria’s independence is being commemorated with great festivities and multi-cultural activities in the various cities
- Anniversary of the Revolution- 1st of November
Religious Holidays in Algeria
The religious holidays are also official public holidays, but their date is not fixed and depends on the corresponding calendar.
- Mawlid – This holiday is also known as Mawlid an-Nabi. The event is celebrated in the Islamic month of Rabi’al-awwal. The festivities include street processions, charity and poetry.
- Eid al-Fitr marks the ending of the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting. It is commemorated by particular Islamic prayer.
- Eid al-Adha is also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”.
- Islamic New Year or Hijri New Year marks the start of the Islamic calendar and the beginning of the month of Muharram.
- Ashura begins on the tenth day of the month of the Muharram.