Lebanon observes national holidays as well as Christian and Muslim festivals. Both the Gregorian and Julian calendars are used to commemorate Christian festivals. The Gregorian Calendar is used by Greek Orthodox (save for Easter), Catholics, Protestants, and Melkite Christians, who celebrate Christmas on December 25. According to the Julian Calendar, Armenian Apostolic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 6th. The Islamic lunar calendar is used to determine Muslim festivals. Eid al-Fitr (the three-day feast at the end of the Ramadan month), Eid al-Adha (The Feast of the Sacrifice), which is observed during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God, the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and Ashura are among the Muslim holidays observed (the Shiite Day of Mourning). Workers Day, Independence Day, and Martyrs Day are all national holidays in Lebanon.
Lebanese culture includes music festivals, which are often held at historical locations. The Baalbeck International Festival, the Byblos International Festival, the Beiteddine International Festival, the Jounieh International Festival, the Broumana Festival, the Batroun International Festival, the Ehmej Festival, the Dhour Chwer Festival, and the Tyr Festival are among the most well-known. The Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon promotes these events. Each year, Lebanon holds approximately 15 international concerts, placing it first in the Middle East and sixth globally in terms of nightlife.
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- Armenian Christmas (January 6)
- St. Valentine’s Day (February 14)
- St. Maroun’s Day (February 9)- Christian religious observances.
- Prophet’s Day (March 9)- Islamic religious observances
- Feast of the Annunciation (March 25)
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday – Christian religious observances.
- Labor Day (May 1)- most businesses and schools closed.
- Liberation of the South (May 25)
- St. Elias’ Day (July 20)- A lot of fireworks and festivals.
- Assumption Day (August 15)
- Ramadan (variable)-Islamic religious observances
- Eid el Fitr (variable)-Islamic religious observances
- Independence Day (November 22)- All businesses and schools closed.
- Eid il-Burbara or Saint Barbara’s Day (December 4)- Christian religious observances.
- Christmas Day (December 25)- Most businesses and restaurants closed the evening before and all day; family gathering, exchanging gifts, Christian religious observances.
- New Year’s Eve (December 31)