Public holidays in Pakistan

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Public holidays in Pakistan are celebrated according to Islamic or Gregorian calendars for religious and civil purposes, respectively.[1] Religious festivals like Eid are celebrated according to the Islamic calendar whereas other national holidays like international labour day, Pakistan day, or Quaid-i-Azam Day are celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar.

Holidays in Pakistan[edit]

Former holidays (now national days)[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day یوم یکجحتی کشمیر


Protest against Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
March 23 Pakistan Day یوم پاکستان


Commemorates the Lahore Resolution, which formally demanded an independent Muslim-majority state to be created out of the British Indian Empire; the republic was also declared on this day in 1956
May 1 Labour Day (May Day) یوم مزدور


August 14 Independence Day یوم آزادی


Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
November 9 Iqbal Day یوم اقبال


Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
December 25 Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) یوم ولادت قائداعظم


Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
Dates of the (lunar) Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja 10 Eid ul-Adha عید الاضحٰی Marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage; sacrifices offered on this day commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son
Shawwal 1 Eid-ul-Fitr عيد الفطر Marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan
Rabi`-ul-Awwal 12 Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi عيد ميلاد النبی Birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
21 Ramadan Youm-e-Shahadat e Ali یوم شهادت علی Day of martyrdom of Ali
Muharram 9&10 Ashura عاشوراء Marks the end of the Shia mourning for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali
Date English Name Local Name Remarks
September 6 Defence Day یوم دفاع


Commemorates the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
September 11 Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah یومِ وفات قائداعظم

Quaid-e-Azam ki Youm-e-Wafaat

Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

Partial holidays or national days[edit]

In addition to the holidays now no longer national holidays, several commemorations are observed as national days without a holiday:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal (2014). Calendars Tell History: Social Rhythm and Social Change in Rural Pakistan. History and Anthropology.

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