Iran celebrates Islamic Republic Day as a public holiday. Every April 1st, the citizens of Iran gather together in remembrance of the country's Islamic Republic Institution that was proclaimed in 1979. Republic Day is perhaps Iran's most historic celebration! The day was officially declared around two months after the success of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The people of Iran pulled together to oust the Pahlavi administration and restored the Islamic laws as well as the country's sovereignty. The Americans supported the move while the regime was established under British ruling power.
The Iranian revolution that started in 1978 had one aim; bring down the Shah, the King. After the revolution, a series of rallies and strikes took place. This led to deterioration and a national economic catastrophe. After the country had conceded, they declared that its government would be neutral in any war. This resulted in Pahlavi Dynasty's abolition.
The 30th and 31st of March were historical days that saw the government pass a referendum. They questioned whether people wanted to replace the monarchy with an Islamic Republic or not. A total of 98.2% of citizens voted for the Islamic Republic over the monarchy.
The official day that Iran became an Islamic Republic was on April 1st, 1979. Since this date, people celebrate the significant change every year on April 1st. The people of Iran commemorate the Islamic Republic Day.
There are many different activities, customs, and traditions that Iranian people like to follow on Islamic Republic Day. The citizens of Iran see the day as an honor and salutation as it is considered to be a great accomplishment and triumph. Many different activities and rallies are organized all across the nation specifically for April 1st. Also, some civic groups put together some educational campaigns that help explain to the younger generations what the day is all about.
Moreover, the Islamic Republic Day is classed as a non-working public holiday. It's common that Iranians spend the day with their family and close friends. It's a particular time of the year when family and friends that may not have seen each other in a while can gather to celebrate together.