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Public holidays in Pakistan

Pakistan holidays are celebrated according to the 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.

A parade is also held on this day to display weapons.

1 May Labour Day یوم مزدور


Celebrates the achievements of workers
14 August Independence Day یوم آزادی


Marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom, formation of Pakistan by partition of India 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
Holidays 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/یوم کربلا Marks the day Prophet Musa crossed the Red Sea with the Bani Isra'eel; Karbala Day for Shias to the mourn for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali

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.