list of holidays in pakistan


Public holidays in Pakistan

Pakistan Holidays

Holidays in Islamic Republic of Pakistan

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
March 23Pakistan Dayیوم پاکستانYom-e-PakistanCommemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded.
May 1Labor day (May Day)یوم مزدورYom-e-MazdoorLabor day in Pakistan
August 14Independence Dayیوم استقلالYom-e-IstiqlalCommemorates Pakistan’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 14, 1947
November 9Birthday of Muhammad Iqbalیوم اقبالYom-e-IqbalBirthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
December 25Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnahیوم ولادت قائداعظمYom-e-Viladat-e-Quaid-e-AzamBirthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah founder/father of Pakistan
Dates following the Lunar Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja 10 & 11Eid ul-Adhaعید الاضحٰیCommemorates the end of Haj. The sacrifice offered on this day commemorates Abraham‘s willingness to sacrifice his son, occurs on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja
Shawwal 1 & 2Eid-ul-Fitrعيد الفطرCommemorates end of Ramadan (Ramazan). It occurs on the 1st and 2nd day of Shawwal
Rabi`-ul-Awwal 12Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabiعيد ميلاد النبیBirthday of Prophet Muhammad. It occurs on the 12th of Rabi’-ul-Awwal
Muharram 9 & 10AshuraعاشوراءMartyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain. It occurs on 9th and 10th day of Muharram
RajabShab-e-Mirajشب معراجIt occurs on 27th of Rajab

Former Holidays

DateEnglish NameLocal NameRemarks
September 6Defence Dayیوم دفاعYom-e-DifaCommemorates the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
September 11Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnahیومِ وفات قائداعظمQuaid-e-Azam ki Yom-e-WafaatDeath Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

Partial Holidays or National Days

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