Holiday Calendar for Bahrain
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. Help us
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2023-2024 year
Tuesday 18 July
- 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)
Thursday 27 July
(is a major festival for Shia Muslims and commemorates the martyrdom at Karbala of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet)
Thursday 25 January
- 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)
Thursday 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)
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.