Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
Local time is GMT +4.5 hours. Afghanistan government officials observe a five and a half day workweek; Thursday afternoon and Friday are off. Business hours are typically 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Saturdays to Thursdays. Commercial shops keep longer but varying hours, usually from 7 AM to 11 PM. Religious Holidays follow the lunar cycle and are determined by the Islamic calendar, based on the lunar cycle and the visibility of the lunar crescent.  Variable holidays include three days for Eid-ul-Qurban, three days for Eid-Al-Fitr, and one day for the Prophet’s Birthday; 10th of Maharam, March 21 (Nawrooz - New Year) and August 19 (Independence Day) are fixed in the solar calendar.

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