Public holidays in Pakistan

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This is a list of public holidays in Pakistan.

Holidays in Pakistan[change | change source]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day یوم یکجحتی کشمیر

Youm-e-Yekjehty-e-Kashmir

Protest against Indian occupation of Kashmir.
March 23 Pakistan Day یوم پاکستان

Youm-e-Pakistan

For the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded.
May 1 Labour Day (May Day) یوم مزدور

Youm-e-Mazdoor

Labour day in Pakistan
August 14 Independence Day یوم آزادی

Youm-e-Azadi

For Pakistan's independence from the United Kingdom on August 14, 1947
November 9 Iqbal Day یوم اقبال

Youm-e-Iqbal

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

Youm-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 For the end of Haj. The sacrifice offered on this day is for Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. It is on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja
Shawwal 1 & 2 Eid-ul-Fitr عيد الفطر For the end of Ramadan (Ramazan). It is on the 1st and 2nd day of Shawwal
Rabi`-ul-Awwal 12 Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi عيد ميلاد النبی Birthday of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad. It is on the 12th of Rabi'-ul-Awwal
Muharram 9 & 10 Ashura عاشوراء Martyrdom of Imam Hussain. It is on 9th and 10th day of Muharram
Rajab Shab-e-Miraj شب معراج It is on 27th of Rajab

Former Holidays (now National Days)[change | change source]

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
September 6 Defence Day یوم دفاع

Youm-e-Difa

For the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
September 11 Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah یومِ وفات قائداعظم

Quaid-e-Azam ki Youm-e-Wafaat

Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

Partial Holidays or National Days[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. APP (November 7, 2003). "KARACHI: Babul Islam day observed". Dawn. http://archives.dawn.com/2003/11/07/local9.htm. Retrieved May 20, 2012.