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Holidays in Syria

The main holidays in syria are:

  1. Jan 1 '99 New Year's Day.
  2. Mar 8 Revolution Day.
  3. Mar 21 Mother's Day.
  4. Apr 17 Independence Day.
  5. Apr 4 Greek Orthodox Easter.
  6. Apr 11 Western rite.
  7. Oct 6 October Liberation War.
  8. Dec 25 Christmas Day.
  9. Jan 1 2000 New Year's Day.
  10. Mar 8 Revolution Day.
  11. Mar 21 Mother's Day.
  12. Apr 17 Independence Day.
  13. Apr 23 Greek Orthodox Easter.
  14. Apr 30 Western rite.
  15. Oct 6 October Liberation War.
  16. Dec 25 Christmas Day.

Note: Muslim festivals - those are the most important for the people - are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the Moon and the dates could not be given ahead. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and working hours are 0900-1400. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. For more information, see the World of Islam section.

  • Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
  • Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
  • Islamic New Year.
  • Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet).

SPECIAL EVENTS: The following is a selection of the major festivals and other special events celebrated annually in Syria.

  • Apr '99 Flower Show,
  • Latakia. May International Flower Festival, Damascus; Desert Festival, Palmyra.
  • Jun Syrian Theatre Festival, held in a different province each year.
  • Jul Cotton Festival, Aleppo.
  • Aug Friendship Festival, Latakia.
  • Aug-Sep International Fair, Damascus.
  • Sep Vine Festival, Swaida.
  • Oct Festival of Folklore and Music, Bosra.
  • Oct/Nov Film and Theatre Festival, Damascus.

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