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United States Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan Holidays

The following are the American (US) and Afghan (AF) holidays to be observed by Embassy Kabul in 2015.

January 1 (US) Thursday New Year's Day
January 2** (AF) Friday Prophet’s Birthday
January 18* (US) Sunday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 15* (US) Sunday Washington's Birthday
March 21 (AF) Saturday Nawrooz (Afghan New Year - 1394)
April 28 (AF) Tuesday Afghan Victory Day
May 24* (US) Sunday Memorial Day
June 18** (AF) Thursday First Day of Ramadan
July 5 (US) Sunday Independence Day
Jul 18-20** (AF) Sat-Mon Eid ul-Fitr
August 19 (AF) Wednesday Afghan Independence Day
September 6* (US) Sunday Labor Day
Sep 24-27** (AF) Thu-Sun Eid-e Qurban
October 11* (US) Sunday Columbus Day
October 24** (AF) Saturday 10th of Muharram (Ashura)
November 11 (US) Wednesday Veterans Day
November 26 (US) Thursday Thanksgiving Day
December 24 (US) Thursday Christmas Day
December 31 (US) Thursday New Year's Day


*    American holidays marked with an asterisk (*) are observed on a different day than in the US.

**  Afghan holidays marked with double asterisks (**) are based on the Islamic Calendar and depend on sightings of the moon.  As a holiday approaches, adjustments to this schedule may be made based on local practice and Afghan government announcements. 

*** Afghan holidays marked with triple asterisks (***) are observed one day earlier.