2024 Public Holidays in Kuwait

Public Holidays in Kuwait in 2024

Kuwait, a small but prosperous country in the Middle East, observes several public holidays throughout the year. These holidays are significant to the nation’s culture, history, and religious traditions. In 2024, Kuwait will celebrate a variety of public holidays, each with its own importance and customs.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day (Ra’s as-Sanah al-Miladiyah) – January 1st

New Year’s Day in Kuwait marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is celebrated with fireworks, parties, and family gatherings. Many Kuwaitis also attend special events and concerts held in various parts of the country to welcome the new year with joy and enthusiasm.

Liberation Day (Yawm al-Tahrir) – February 25th

Liberation Day commemorates the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation during the Gulf War in 1991. It is one of the most important national holidays in Kuwait, celebrated with patriotic fervor and pride. Liberation Day is marked by fireworks displays, military parades, and cultural events that honor the country’s heroes and martyrs.

National Day (Yawm al-Watan) – February 26th

National Day in Kuwait celebrates the country’s independence and sovereignty. It is observed on the day following Liberation Day, symbolizing Kuwait’s resilience and determination to rebuild and thrive as a free nation. National Day is marked by flag-raising ceremonies, concerts, and traditional performances that showcase Kuwaiti culture and heritage.

Eid al-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is celebrated with prayers, feasting, and social gatherings. Many Kuwaitis visit family and friends, exchange gifts, and give to charity during Eid al-Fitr to share the joy of the occasion.

Eid al-Adha (Eid al-Adha) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is celebrated with prayers, the sacrifice of animals, and acts of charity. Many Kuwaitis also perform Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca during Eid al-Adha, fulfilling one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Islamic New Year (Ra’s as-Sanah al-Hijriyah) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar year. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and renewal of faith. While not an official public holiday in Kuwait, it is observed by many Muslims through special prayers and religious gatherings.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi) – Date varies (based on the Islamic lunar calendar)

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It is a day of joy and celebration, marked by religious lectures, poetry recitations, and community meals. While not an official public holiday in Kuwait, it is observed by many Muslims with reverence and devotion.

Table of Public Holidays and Days Off

Holiday Date Days Off Groups
New Year’s Day January 1 1 All
Liberation Day February 25 1 All
National Day February 26 1 All
Eid al-Fitr Date varies 2-4 Muslims
Eid al-Adha Date varies 2-4 Muslims
Islamic New Year Date varies Muslims
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Date varies Muslims

 

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