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, and 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


Protest against Indian administration in 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
October 27 Kashmir Black Day یوم سیاہ


The people of Pakistan 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 army in Jammu and Kashmir, that is, one day after Accession Day which is celebrated on the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir.
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 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]


  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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