Constitution Day in Iran Date in the current year: August 6, 2018

Constitution Day in Iran Constitution Day is an Iranian observance held on August 6 each year (the 14th of Mordad in the Iranian calendar). It commemorates the events of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1905–1911. It is not a public holiday.

The current Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran was adopted in December 1979, following the events of the Iranian Revolution that resulted in the overthrow of the Persian monarchy and establishment of an Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini. However, Constitution Day in Iran is dedicated to the Persian Constitution of 1906.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, the ruling dynasty of Persia granted numerous concessions to foreign states, primarily Great Britain. Foreigners got control of the country’s natural resources, railways, tobacco and sugar trade, and other spheres. Eventually, royal corruption and the dominance of foreign powers led to a series of protests that sparked the Iranian Constitutional Revolution.

In the summer of 1906, over 10,000 men camped out in the gardens of the British Embassy in Tehran and voiced the demand for a parliament that would limit the Shah’s power. In August 1906, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar agreed to allow a majlis (parliament). The anniversary of this event is now marked in Iran as Constitution Day, although the 1906 constitution was actually signed in December 1906.

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Anniversaries and Memorial Days

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Iran

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