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Public holidays in Pakistan
Public holidays in Pakistan

Public holidays in Pakistan

Public holidays in Pakistan are celebrated according to Islamic or Gregorian calendars for religious and civil purposes, respectively. 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

Partial holidays or national days

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

  • April 21 – Death Anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal
  • April 22 – National Book Day
  • May 28 – Youm-e-Takbir
  • September 6 – Army Day/Defence Day or armed forces day of Pakistan (Youm-e-Fauj)
  • September 7 – Air Force Day (Youm-e-Fizaia) Depend on Federal Government
  • September 8 – Victory Day/Navy Day (Youm-e-Bahria)
  • October 16 – Death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan
  • October 24 – Azad Kashmir Day (Youm-e-Tasees)
  • December 7 – National Voter’s Day

Public holidays in Asia

Remarks
February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day یوم یکجحتی کشمیرYoum-e-Yekjehty-e-Kashmir Protest against Indian administration in Jammu and Kashmir.
March 23 Pakistan Day یوم پاکستانYoum-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 مزدورYoum-e-Mazdoor Celebrates the achievements of workers
August 14 Independence Day یوم آزادیYoum-e-Azadi Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
November 9 Iqbal Day یوم اقبالYoum-e-Iqbal Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
December 25 Birthday of Quaid-e-Azamand Christmas Day یوم ولادت قائداعظمYoum-e-Viladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
Dates of the (lunar) Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja10th-12th 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
Shawwal1st-3rd 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
Muharram9th & 10th Ashura عاشوراء Marks the end of the mourning for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali
27th of Rajab Shab e Mairaj شب معراجShab-e-Mi’raj Day after Shab e Mairaj

 

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