Public holidays in Pakistan

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Pakistan holidays are celebrated according to the Islamic or local Pakistani calendars for religious and civil purposes, respectively. Religious holidays such as Eid are celebrated according to the Islamic calendar whereas other national holidays such as International Workers' Day,[1] Pakistan Day, and Quaid-i-Azam Day are celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar.

State holidays[edit]

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

Youm-e-Yakjehti Kashmir

Observed to show Pakistan's support and unity with the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
23 March Pakistan Day یوم پاکستان


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


Celebrates the achievements of Labour.
14 August Independence Day یوم استقلال


Marking Pakistani independence and the formation of Pakistan in 1947.|
6 September Defense Day Defence Day یوم دفاع


celebrated in Pakistan as national day to commemorate the sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in defending its borders.
9 November Iqbal Day یومِ اقبال


Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal, National Poet of Pakistan.
25 December Quaid-e-Azam Day یوم ولادت قائداعظم


Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.

Religious holidays[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Notes
Dhu al-Hijjah 10th-14th 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 1st-5th Eid-ul-Fitr عيد الفطر Marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan
Rabiʽ al-Awwal 12 Mawlid میلاد النبی Birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad
Muharram 9th , 10th & 11th Ashura عاشوراء/یوم کربلا Karbala Day for Shias to the mourn for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali, Grandson of Prophet Muhammad

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Photos: Countries worldwide mark International Labour Day". Retrieved 30 September 2022.