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Official Time :
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  Standard Time UTC/GMT +3:30 hours
  Daylight Saving Time
  (applies on 00:00, 21 Mar.- 00:00, 21 Sep. local time)
UTC/GMT +4:30 hours

Business Hours :

Tehran

Sat.- Wed. Thr. Fri. & Official Holidays
Banks 08:00-16:00 08:00-12:30 closed
Governmental Offices 07:30-14:30 closed closed

Other Cities

Sat.- Wed. Thr. Fri. & Official Holidays
Banks 07:30-13:30 07:30-12:30 closed
Governmental Offices 07:30-14:30 07:30-12:30 closed


Official Calendar

The Persian calendar, Iran's official Calendar is a solar calendar with a starting point that matches that of the Islamic calendar. Its origin can be traced back to the 11th century when a group of astronomers (including the well-known poet Omar Khayyam) created what is known as the Jalaali calendar. However, a number of changes have been made to the calendar since then.
The current calendar has been used in Iran since 1925 and in Afghanistan since 1957. However, Afghanistan used the Islamic calendar in the years 1999-2002(Taliban period).

The names and lengths of the 12 months that comprise the Persian year are:


S P R I N G
1

Farvardin 20 Mar.-19 Apr. 31 days
2 Ordibehesht 20 Apr.-20 May. 31 days
3 Khordad 21 May.-20 Jun. 31 days


F A L L
7

Mehr 22 Sep.-21 Oct. 30 days
8 Aban 22 Oct.-20 Nov. 30 days
9 Azar 21 Nov.-20 Dec. 30 days


S U M M E R
4

Tir 21 Jun.-21 Ju. 31 days
5 Mordad 22 Jul.-21 Aug. 31 days
6 Shahrivar 22 Aug.-21 Sep. 31 days


W I N T E R
10

Day 21 Dec..-19 Jan. 30 days
11 Bahman 20 Jan.-18 Feb. 30 days
12 Esfand 19 Feb.-20 Mar.. 29/30 days

The month of Esfand has 29 days in an ordinary year, 30 days in a leap year.
 
The Persian year starts at vernal equinox. If the astronomical vernal equinox falls before noon (Tehran true time) on a particular day, then that day is the first day of the year. If the astronomical vernal equinox falls after noon, the following day is the first day of the year.
As in the Islamic calendar, years are counted since Prophet Mohammed's emigration to Medina in AD 622. At vernal equinox of that year, AP 1 started (AP = Anno Persico/Anno Persarum = Persian year).
Note that contrary to the Islamic calendar, the Persian calendar counts solar years. In the year AD 2004 we have therefore witnessed the start of Persian year 1388, but the start of Islamic year 1425.
There is a leap year our of each 4 years. (it's more complex and there are some exceptions.)

CALENDAR CONVERTOR

Official Holidays :
Friday is the official weekend, although Thursday are closed for many businesses.
Iran's official holidays are being extracted from  two calendar systems :
1. National Official Calendar (Hijri-Shamsi) which is a Solar Calendar (1 year = 365 days) and is easily comparable to Gregorian (international) calendar.
2. Islamic Calendar (Hijri-Qamari) which is a Lunar Calendar (1 year=355 days) which causes the religious holidays move along the solar year.
Hence, as a rule of thumb, national Iranian holidays are fixed on either Iranian National Holiday or International calendar, but the religious holidays must be checked with the official calendars each year.
The following table shows the official holidays for Iranian year 1390 which coincides 21 Mar. 2011-19 Mar. 2012.


International Clndr. Week Day Iranian Clndr.

21 Mar. 11 Mon. 01.01.1390 Norooz
22 Mar. 11 Tue. 02.01.1390 Norooz
23 Mar. 11 Wed. 03.01.1390 Norooz
24 Mar. 11 Thu. 04.01.1390 Norooz
02 Apr. 11 Sat. 13.01.1390 Day of Nature (Sizde-be-dar)
07 May. 11 Sat. 17.02.1390 Commemoration of Hazrat-e-Zahra
04 Jun. 11 Sat. 14.03.1390 Commemoration of Imam Khomeini
05 Jun. 11 Sun. 15.03.1390 Commemoration of 15 Khordad
16 Jun. 11 Thu. 26.03.1390 Imam Ali's Birthday (Father's Day)
30 Jun. 11 Thu. 09.04.1390 Mab'as
17 Jul. 11 Sun. 26.04.1390 Imam Mahdi's Birthday
21 Aug. 11 Sun. 30.05.1390 Martyrdom of Imam Ali
31 Aug. 11 Wed. 09.06.1390 Eid e Fitr
24 Sep. 11 Sat. 02.07.1390 Martyrdom of Imam Sadiq
07 Nov. 11 Mon. 16.08.1390 Eid e Qurban
15 Nov. 11 Tue. 24.08.1390 Eid e Qadir
05 Dec. 11 Mon. 14.09.1390 Tasooa
06 Dec. 11 Tue. 15.09.1390 Ashoora
14 Jan. 12 Sat. 24.10.1390 Arba'in
22 Jan. 12 Sat. 02.11.1390 Commemoration of the prophet
24 Jan. 12 Mon. 04.11.1390 Martyrdom of Imam Reza
11 Feb. 12 Sat. 22.11.1388 Anniversary of Islamic Revolution
19 Mar. 10 Mon. 29.12.1388 Oil Nationalization Day

 
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