Public holidays in Pakistan

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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.

National holidays[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Notes
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 India. The republic was also declared on this day in 1956.
14 August Independence Day یوم استقلال


Marking Pakistani independence and the formation of Pakistan in 1947.
25 December Quaid-e-Azam Day یوم ولادت قائداعظم


Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.
25 December Christmas Day Christmas Christian Holiday.

Other notable holidays[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Notes
1 May Labour Day یوم مزدور


Celebrates the achievements of workers.
9 November Iqbal Day یوم اقبال Yōm-e Iqbāl Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal, national poet and philosopher, activist of Pakistan Movement.
5 February Kashmir Solidarity Day یوم یکجحتی کشمیر

Youm-e-Yakjehti Kashmir

Observed to show Pakistan's support and unity with the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
28 May Day of Greatness یوم تکبیر


Commemoration of Chagai-I and Chagai-II series of nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan.
6 September Defense Day یومِ دفاع Youm-e-Difa Commemorate the sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in defending its borders
7 September Air Force Day یوم فضائیه


Annual celebration of the Defence Day.
8 September Navy Day Youm-e-Bahria Annual celebration of the Defence Day.
24 October Azad Kashmir Day یومِ تاسیس آزاد کشمیر

Youm-e-Azad Kashmir

Establishment Day of Azad Kashmir
1 November Gilgit-Baltistan Day یومِ تاسیس گِلگِت بَلتِسْتان


Independence day of Gilgit-Baltistan from Dogra rule.[1]

Religious holidays[edit]

Date English Name Local Name Notes
Dhu al-Hijjah 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
Rabiʽ al-Awwal 12 Mawlid مَولِد‎ Birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad
Muharram 9th & 10th Ashura عاشوراء/یوم کربلا Karbala Day for Shias to the mourn for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GB to celebrate 74th Independence Day today". November 2021.