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

Date English Name Remarks
February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day Protest against Indian administration in Jammu and Kashmir.
March 23 Pakistan Day 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 1940
May 1 Labour Day (May Day) Celebrates the achievements of workers
May 5 Shab e Mairaj Day after Shab e Mairaj
August 14 Independence Day Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
November 9 Iqbal Day Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
December 25 Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam and Christmas Day Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
Dates of the (lunar) Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja 10 Eid ul-Adha 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 Marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan
Rabi`-ul-Awwal 12 Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad
Muharram 9&10 Ashura Marks the end of the mourning for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali
National Holidays
September 11 Death Anniversary of

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam


Peshawar Attack

(Black Day)

Anniversary of the attack on a Peshawar school

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:

See also


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