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Kuwait Public Holidays

21 January 2021

The Islamic festivals are based on Islamic calendar, determined by various moon phase sighting. The dates of the holidays change every year. The Holidays 2021 calendar is only based on estimates. The Kuwait holiday calendar cannot be guaranteed for 100 percent accuracy.

During the lunar month of Ramadan, which precedes Eid Al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and there may be interruptions in normal business patterns. Several restaurants are closed during the day and there could be restrictions on smoking and drinking. This could last from two to ten days, depending on the region.

Here's the list of public holidays in Kuwait for 2021

public holidays in Kuwait

International New Year's Day

Friday, 1st January 2021
(Public and private sectors, and Banks in Kuwait remain closed).

National Day Kuwait

Thursday, 25th February 2021

Liberation Day Kuwait

Friday, 26th February 2021

Lailat Al Miraj - The Prophet's Ascension

Thursday, 22nd March 2021

Eid-al-Fitr - The end of Ramadan fasting month (3 days public holidays)

Thursday, 13th May 2021 to Saturday, 15th May 2021

Arafat Day (Haj Day) - Date yet to be confirmed

Monday, 19th July 2021

Eid-al-Adha - Feast of sacrifice in Islamic tradition – Qurban (3 days public holidays)

Tuesday, 20th July 2021 to Thursday, 22nd July 2021

Al-Hijra - Islamic New Year

Tuesday, 10th August 2021

Milad Un Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday

Tuesday, 19th October 2021

Note: Holidays in Kuwait are sometimes subject to arbitrary last-minute changes by local authorities, just as in any other part of the world. Although, effort has been made to present an accurate list of holidays for the year 2021, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omission of data herein. Therefore, you can verify the above dates with the embassy before planning a trip to Kuwait.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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