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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 2014.

January 1 (US) Wednesday New Year's Day
January 13** (AF) Monday Prophet’s Birthday
January 19* (US) Sunday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 16* (US) Sunday Washington's Birthday
March 20 (AF) Thursday Nawrooz (Afghan New Year - 1393)
April 28 (AF) Monday Afghan Victory Day
May 25* (US) Sunday Memorial Day
June 28** (AF) Saturday First Day of Ramadan
July 3 (US) Thursday Independence Day
Jul 29-Aug 3** (AF) Tuesday - Sunday Eid ul-Fitr
August 19 (AF) Tuesday Afghan Independence Day
August 31* (US) Sunday Labor Day
October 4-7** (AF) Saturday-Tuesday Eid-e Qurban
October 12* (US) Sunday Columbus Day
November 4** (AF) Monday 10th of Muharram (Ashura)
November 11 (US) Tuesday Veterans Day
November 27 (US) Thursday Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (US) Thursday Christmas 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.