Eid al Adha
As a country with a strict Muslim population, Yemen adheres closely to the Muslim calendar, celebrating all of the popular Islamic festivals. The festival of Eid al Adha occurs in both January and again in December and is a time during which Yemeni citizens make animal sacrifices in remembrance of Abraham’s intention to sacrifice Ismael for God.
Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Islamic New Year is celebrated on a different date each year but is always a public holiday and a time for families to come together and for individuals to reflect on the year gone by and what the New year should bring.
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
This Muslim festival provides a public holiday for Yemeni citizens and is observed with prayer, reflection and family gatherings.
National Unity day
Yemeni citizens celebrate the day on which the northern and southern regions of the country were united as a single republic. This is a public holiday and is celebrated enthusiastically by locals with parties, family gatherings and public spectacles.
1962 Revolution day
1962 Revolution day is a public holiday on which Yemenis celebrate the period in which the southern region of the country revolted against the ruling of the northern Imams.
This is the principal religious festival of the entire year and lasts for an entire month. During this time, many devout Muslims across the country do not let anything to pass their lips during daylight hours.
Many shops and offices have erratic opening hours. Even though visitors are not expected to observe Ramadan, it is considered extremely impolite to eat or drink in public while fasting is taking place.
1967 Revolution day
1967 Revolution day celebrates the people’s revolution against the British control of the south and is also a public holiday in Yemen.
Eid al Fitr
Eid al Fitr is a three-day festival marking the end of the Islamic period known as Ramadan during which Muslims observe fasting and abstinence.
In Eid al Fitr families come together to pray, enjoy feasts and give gifts. Since smoking is not permitted during Ramadan, it is also an opportunity for many to indulge their habit after the period of abstinence.
This public holiday marks the evacuation of the last British soldier from the south of the country.
Eid al Adha
The festival of Eid al Adha is again conducted following the same traditions as those observed in the January festival.
New Year’s Day: 1 January
Muharram (Islamic New Year): date varies each year
Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet): date varies each year
Labour Day: 1 May
National Unity Day: 22 May
Revolution Day: 26 September
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): date varies each year
National Day: 14 October
Independence Day: 30 November
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice): 20 December