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]

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

Youm-e-Yekjehty-e-Kashmir

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

Youm-e-Pakistan

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

Youm-e-Mazdoor

August 14 Independence Day یوم آزادی

Youm-e-Azadi

Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
October 27 Kashmir Black Day یوم سیاہ

Youm-e-Seah

The people of Kashmir on both sides of the LoC observe October 27 as Black Day every year since 1947, and consider it as the blackest day in the History of Kashmir. This is the Day when India landed its occupational army in Jammu and Kashmir, in total disregard to the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan in 1947.

In order to change the demographic composition of the territory, Indian troops, the forces of Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh, and Hindu extremists massacred over three hundred thousand Kashmiri Muslims within a period of two months.

November 9 Iqbal Day یوم اقبال

Youm-e-Iqbal

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

Youm-e-Viladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam

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 mourning for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali

National holidays (on national days)[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
September 6 Defence Day یوم دفاع Youm-e-Difa 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal (2014). Calendars Tell History: Social Rhythm and Social Change in Rural Pakistan. History and Anthropology 25(5): 592-613.

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