list of holidays in pakistan


Public holidays in Pakistan

Pakistan Holidays

Holidays in Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
March 23 Pakistan Day یوم پاکستانYom-e-Pakistan Commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded.
May 1 Labor day (May Day) یوم مزدورYom-e-Mazdoor Labor day in Pakistan
August 14 Independence Day یوم استقلالYom-e-Istiqlal Commemorates Pakistan’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 14, 1947
November 9 Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal یوم اقبالYom-e-Iqbal Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal
December 25 Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah یوم ولادت قائداعظمYom-e-Viladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah founder/father of Pakistan
Dates following the Lunar Islamic calendar
Dhul Hijja 10 & 11 Eid ul-Adha عید الاضحٰی Commemorates 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 & 2 Eid-ul-Fitr عيد الفطر Commemorates end of Ramadan (Ramazan). It occurs on the 1st and 2nd day of Shawwal
Rabi`-ul-Awwal 12 Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi عيد ميلاد النبی Birthday of Prophet Muhammad. It occurs on the 12th of Rabi’-ul-Awwal
Muharram 9 & 10 Ashura عاشوراء Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain. It occurs on 9th and 10th day of Muharram
Rajab Shab-e-Miraj شب معراج It occurs on 27th of Rajab

Former Holidays

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
September 6 Defence Day یوم دفاعYom-e-Difa Commemorates the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
September 11 Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah یومِ وفات قائداعظمQuaid-e-Azam ki Yom-e-Wafaat Death 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: