Public holidays in Pakistan

Pakistan holidays 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 Local Name Remarks
5 February Kashmir Solidarity Day یوم یکجحتی کشمیر


Protest against Indian administration in 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 the British Indian Empire; the republic was also declared on this day in 1956
1 May Labour Day (May Day) یوم مزدور


Celebrates the achievements of workers
14 August Independence Day یوم آزادی


Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
9 November Iqbal Day یوم اقبال


Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
25 December Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam یوم ولادت قائداعظم


Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan
grapes of the (lunar) Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja 10th-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
Shawwal 1st-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
Muharram 9th & 10th Ashura عاشوراء Marks the end of the mourning for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali
27th of Rajab Shab e Mairaj شب معراج


Day after Shab e Mairaj
National Holidays
6 September Defence Day یوم دفاع


Commemorates the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
11 September Death Anniversary of

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

یوم وفات قائداعظم

Youm-e-Wafaat Quaid-e-Azam

Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

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


  1. "All set to celebrate National Book Day on April 22". The News International. APP. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  2. "ECP declares Dec 7 as National Voters Day". The Nation. APP. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
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