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Holiday Calendar for Bahrain

Holiday Calendar for Bahrain for 2021-2022 year
The official holidays in Bahrain are generally the same as those observed in most Muslim countries, but Bahrain’s island location has made it unique among Persian Gulf states.

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2021-2022 year

August 2021

Monday 9 August - Muslim New Year (The Islamic New Year, also known as Arabic New Year, Muharram or Hijri New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Hijri year)
Wednesday 18 August - Ashura (is a major festival for Shia Muslims and commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet)

September 2021

October 2021

Monday 18 October - The Prophet's Birthday or Mawleed al Nabi (or Mawlid al-Nabi. There is not a single verse in the Qur'an OR a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) forbidding the celebration of Prophet's birthday)

December 2021

January 2022

February 2022

Monday 14 February - Father's Day in some Islamic countries (Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania is celebrated on the 13th day of the month of Rajab)

March 2022

Monday 21 March - Mother's Day in most of the Arab world (Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen)

May 2022

June 2022

July 2022

Saturday 9 July - The Day of Arafah (is an Islamic holiday that falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah of the lunar); Eid al-Adha

Some bahraini traditions

Bahraini cuisine typically features fish, shrimp, meat, rice, and dates.

Coffee shops are popular meeting places, and coffee is offered as a sign of hospitality.

Throughout the country artisans engage in gold working, textile making and tinsmithing.

There is a rich folk music culture, and fidjeri, songs once sung by pearl divers, are still heard.

Football is the most popular modern sport, while horse racing remains a national pastime.
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