2024 Public Holidays in Egypt

Public Holidays in Egypt in 2024


Egypt, a country rich in history and culture, observes several public holidays throughout the year. These holidays commemorate various events, religious occasions, and important milestones in Egyptian history. In 2024, Egyptians will celebrate a diverse array of holidays, each with its own significance and traditions.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1st

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. In Egypt, it is often celebrated with festivities, parties, and gatherings among family and friends. While it is not a religious holiday, many Egyptians take the opportunity to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the year ahead.

Revolution Day – January 25th

Revolution Day commemorates the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, which led to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. It is a day to honor the sacrifices made by those who participated in the uprising and to reflect on the progress made since then. Egyptians may attend rallies, concerts, and other events to mark the occasion.

Sinai Liberation Day – April 25th

Sinai Liberation Day celebrates the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, following the signing of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. It is a time to honor Egypt’s sovereignty and unity, as well as to remember the sacrifices made by the Egyptian armed forces during the conflict.

Labor Day – May 1st

Labor Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is observed worldwide to honor the contributions of workers to society. In Egypt, it is a public holiday during which workers may participate in rallies, marches, and other events organized by labor unions and organizations. It is also a time to advocate for workers’ rights and social justice.

Revolution of 1952 Day – July 23rd

Revolution of 1952 Day commemorates the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of the Republic of Egypt. It is a day to reflect on the achievements of the revolution and to honor its leaders, including Gamal Abdel Nasser and Mohamed Naguib.

Armed Forces Day – October 6th

Armed Forces Day commemorates the October 6, 1973, victory of Egyptian forces in the Yom Kippur War against Israel. It is a time to honor the bravery and sacrifices of the Egyptian military personnel who fought in the conflict. Egyptians may attend military parades, ceremonies, and other events to show their support for the armed forces.

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday (Mawlid al-Nabi) – Date varies (Islamic calendar)

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, is an important religious holiday observed by Muslims worldwide. It commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad and is marked by prayers, recitations of Islamic texts, and charitable acts. In Egypt, it is a public holiday during which Muslims may attend mosque services and participate in community events.

Eid al-Fitr – Date varies (Islamic calendar)

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a joyous occasion characterized by prayers, feasting, and social gatherings. Muslims in Egypt celebrate Eid al-Fitr with family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing meals. It is a time of gratitude, reflection, and community solidarity.

Eid al-Adha – Date varies (Islamic calendar)

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Isma’il (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to God. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha by performing the Eid prayer, sacrificing animals (usually sheep, goats, or cows), and distributing meat to those in need. It is a time of spiritual significance and charitable giving.

Table of Public Holidays and Days Off

Holiday Date Days Off Groups
New Year’s Day January 1 1 All
Revolution Day January 25 1 All
Sinai Liberation Day April 25 1 All
Labor Day May 1 1 All
Revolution of 1952 Day July 23 1 All
Armed Forces Day October 6 1 All
Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Variable 1 Muslims
Eid al-Fitr Variable 3 Muslims
Eid al-Adha Variable 3 Muslims


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