Even if there are still a few days left in 2018, most of us are already anticipating the new calendar year, and for those with work, a new calendar year means planning for the holidays and vacation.
Kuwait, being a Muslim country (as most of us would know by now) has its own Islamic calendar, which basically follows moon sightings for important calendar events. For non-Muslim expats residing in any Muslim country, it’s important that we pay attention to the public holidays observed in our host nation, as this would determine the behaviours and customs which majority of the citizens will observe.
2019 Public Holidays in Kuwait
Again, as public holidays in Muslim countries such as Kuwait are being referenced on moon sightings, the dates may vary differently every year. Here we will share a list of Kuwait’s important public (national) holidays this 2019.
- January 1 (Tuesday) – New Year’s Day
- February 25 (Monday) – Kuwait National Day
- February 26 (Tuesday) – Kuwait Liberation Day
- April 3 (Wednesday) – The Prophet’s Ascencion
- June 4 (Tuesday), 3 days – Eid Al Fitr
- August 11 (Sunday) – Arafat Day
- August 12 (Monday), 3 days – Ed Al Adha
- August 31 (Saturday) – Islamic New Year
- November 9 (Saturday) – The Prophet’s Birthday
The above-listed dates are general approximations only to serve as a guide. As Muslim festivals are patterned after local sightings of various phases of the moon, the exact dates for these holidays are subject to change as decided by the designated Ministry in Kuwait. Also, the number of days observed for a particular holiday is based on the expected days off in the private sector.
As a general rule, always check with the ministry concerned regarding the observances of holidays as the date approaches. In Kuwait, public holidays are announced by the government for compliance of its citizens. It also helps if we research a little on the customary activities and traditions carried out by the locals during important holidays so that we can be sure that we’re behaving accordingly and are not violating any traditions.