Holidays in Pakistan 2020-2021

holidays in pakistan

Pakistanis love holidays, no doubt about it!

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We are always looking forward to the holidays. Holidays keep us Pakistanis motivated and excited.

And, come on, you cannot deny the fact that we are ALWAYS asking our friends “chuti kab aa rahi hai?”

Pakistanis are a lucky nation because they get almost 16 official holidays every single year. This is a huge number. Some countries, like Mexico, only get 7 annual holidays. That’s almost half of what we are getting. Feeling lucky already?

So, stop whining about fewer holidays and give this article a read. We have come up with a list of holidays in Pakistan in 2019-2020 so that you can plan your family vacations and important tasks accordingly. There are many travel agencies that provide you hassle-free trips at affordable price. Visiting cinemas is excellent fun and a perfect way to spend holidays. Islamabad and Rawalpindi have the best cinemas in the country.


Types of Holidays in Pakistan


1. Public Holidays

Public holidays are the holidays that are for the general public and usually, all the businesses, private and government offices and schools are closed on that specific day.


2. National Holidays

Pakistan also enjoys a fair amount of national holidays. National holidays are usually celebrated in the memory of important days in the history of that country. National holidays may include Independence Day, Defence Day and Constitution Day. If you have a knack for history you should not miss visiting famous historical places in Pakistan.

Fun fact: Did you know the United States and Denmark are the only countries that have no national holidays?


3. Bank Holidays

During the bank holidays, the banks are closed all over the country. In some countries, especially the ones that got independence from British Raj, bank holiday means a public holiday.

Everybody gets to stay at home relaxing and taking some time off. However, in some countries, like Pakistan, bank holiday means an off day for the bank officials and staff only.


4. Gazetted Holidays

Gazetted holidays are those holidays that are made mandatory by the government. These holidays should be observed by every institute including the private sector and educational sector. The government fines people who do not observe the holiday.


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List of Holidays in Pakistan, 2020

1 JanWednesdayNew Year’s DayOptional Holiday
1 JanWednesdayJanuary 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
29 JanWednesdayBasant PanchamiOptional Holiday
5 FebWednesdayKashmir DayPublic Holiday
21 FebFridayMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
9 MarMondayHoliOptional Holiday
10 MarTuesdayDulhandiOptional Holiday
20 MarFridayMarch EquinoxSeason
22 MarSundayShab e-MerajOptional Holiday
23 MarMondayPakistan DayPublic Holiday
8 AprWednesdayShab e-BaratOptional Holiday
10 AprFridayGood FridayOptional Holiday
12 AprSundayEaster SundayObservance
13 AprMondayEaster MondayOptional Holiday
13 AprMondayBaisakhiOptional Holiday
20 AprMondayRidvánOptional Holiday
1 MayFridayLabour DayPublic Holiday
7 MayThursdayBuddha PurnimaOptional Holiday
24 MaySundayEid-ul-Fitr Day 1Public Holiday
25 MayMondayEid-ul-Fitr Day 2Public Holiday
26 MayTuesdayEid-ul-Fitr Day 3Public Holiday
27 MayWednesdayEid-ul-Fitr Day 4Public Holiday
21 JunSundayJune SolsticeSeason
1 JulWednesdayJuly 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
31 JulFridayEid al-Adha Day 1Public Holiday
1 AugSaturdayEid al-Adha Day 2Public Holiday
2 AugSundayEid al-Adha Day 3Public Holiday
3 AugMondayRaksha BandhanHindu Holiday
12 AugWednesdayJanmashtamiOptional Holiday
14 AugFridayIndependence DayPublic Holiday
17 AugMondayNaurozOptional Holiday
21 AugFridayBirthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)Optional Holiday
22 AugSaturdayGanesh ChaturthiHindu Holiday
28 AugFridayFirst Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
29 AugSaturdaySecond Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
6 SepSundayDefence DayObservance
22 SepTuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
7 OctWednesdayChelumOptional Holiday
17 OctSaturdayFirst Day of NavaratriHindu Holiday
23 OctFridayDurga PoojaOptional Holiday
25 OctSundayDussehraOptional Holiday
29 OctThursdayEid Milad un-NabiPublic Holiday
31 OctSaturdayBirthday of Guru Balmik Sawami JiOptional Holiday
9 NovMondayIqbal DayObservance
14 NovSaturdayDiwali/DeepavaliOptional Holiday
26 NovThursdayGiarhwin ShariefOptional Holiday
30 NovMondayGuru Nanak’s BirthdayOptional Holiday
24 DecThursdayChristmas EveObservance
25 DecFridayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
25 DecFridayQuaid-e-Azam DayPublic Holiday
26 DecSaturdayDay After ChristmasPublic Holiday
31 DecThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance


calendar 2020 - holidays in pakistan


List of Holidays in Pakistan, 2021


1 JanFridayNew Year’s DayOptional Holiday
5 FebFridayKashmir DayPublic Holiday
16 FebTuesdayBasantOptional Holiday
11 MarThursdayShab e-MerajOptional Holiday
22 MarMondayShab e-BaratOptional Holiday
23 MarTuesdayPakistan DayPublic Holiday
28 MarSundayHoliOptional Holiday
2 AprFridayGood FridayOptional Holiday
4 AprSundayEaster SundayObservance
5 AprMondayEaster MondayOptional Holiday
14 AprWednesdayBaisakhiOptional Holiday
1 MaySaturdayLabour DayPublic Holiday
13 MayThursdayEid-ul-FitrPublic Holiday
14 MayFridayEid-ul-Fitr HolidayPublic Holiday
15 MaySaturdayEid-ul-Fitr HolidayPublic Holiday
16 MaySundayEid-ul-Fitr HolidayPublic Holiday
1 JulThursdayJuly 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
20 JulTuesdayEid al-AdhaPublic Holiday
21 JulWednesdayEid al-Adha HolidayPublic Holiday
22 JulThursdayEid al-Adha HolidayPublic Holiday
14 AugSaturdayIndependence DayPublic Holiday
18 AugWednesdayAshuraPublic Holiday
19 AugThursdayAshura HolidayPublic Holiday
6 SepMondayDefence DayObservance
28 SepTuesdayChelumOptional Holiday
15 OctFridayDussehraOptional Holiday
19 OctTuesdayEid Milad un-NabiPublic Holiday
9 NovTuesdayIqbal DayObservance
24 DecFridayChristmas EveObservance
25 DecSaturdayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
25 DecSaturdayQuaid-e-Azam DayPublic Holiday
26 DecSundayDay After Christmas (Christians only)Optional Holiday
31 DecFridayNew Year’s EveObservance

Holidays in Pakistan

Common Holidays Observed in Pakistan


1. Bank holiday

On 1st January, Pakistanis observe a bank holiday. All banks across Pakistan stay closed for the whole day. This holiday is not observed by the whole nation. Only the employees of the bank get to enjoy the holiday.

2. Kashmir Day

Kashmir Day is also commonly known as Kashmir Solidarity Day. It is celebrated on 5th February every year by all Pakistanis. This day is observed to show unity, brotherhood, and support for the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Rallies and seminars are conducted every year to raise voice in the support of Kashmiris who have been suffering day and night for decades.

3. Pakistan Day

23rd March is celebrated as Pakistan Day across the whole country. This day is also known as Youm-e-Pakistan. The day is a commemoration of our resolution day that happened on 23rd March 1940 in Lahore.

The day reminds us of the Lahore resolution which was a great step towards a new and separate homeland for Muslims.

A Republic Day parade by the armed forces is often part of the celebrations. It is celebrated with zeal and patriotism every year.

4. Labour Day

Is Shahar Mein Mazdoor Jaisa Koi Darbadar Nahi

Jisne sab ke ghar banaye uska koi ghar nahi…!

It is an international public holiday that is observed in memory of the Chicago workers who were killed by police while striking for an eight-hour workday in 1886.

Labour Day is observed on 1st May every year in Pakistan as well. It is observed to pay tribute to millions of laborers who work hard day and night and go through innumerable hardships to make their ends meet.

5. Eid-ul-Fitr Holidays

Eid-ul-Fitr comes under the umbrella of religious holidays. It is celebrated on the first of Shawwal according to the Islamic calendar. It is also called the festival of breaking the fast.

The Muslims around the globe celebrate it with religious zeal and happiness. They wear new clothes, make sweet dishes, give gifts to one another visit famous places in their cities and thank Allah for the blessings of Ramadan.


6. Eid-ul-Adha Holidays

Eid-ul-Azha is also a religious holiday that is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah every year.

It is also known as the festival of sacrifice that is celebrated to remember the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to please Allah. People visit Bazar, markets and shopping malls to get their shopping done for eid.

Every year, Muslims sacrifice goats, sheep, bulls, and camels to remember the sacrifice. The meat is then equally distributed among family and needy people.


7. Independence Day

14th August is the Independence Day of Pakistan. On this big day, the Muslims got the biggest blessing of God almighty in the form of a separate homeland.

The day is celebrated with full patriotism and national spirit. Children decorate their houses with flags and lights. You will spot people and children in green and white dresses roaming around the city with flags on their bikes and cars. Restaurants, cafe shops, and malls all are decorated.

It is an official holiday and the government organizes many functions and celebrations at the state level.


 8. Defence Day

Shaheed ki jo mout hai wo Qom ki Hayat hai

Lahu jo hy Shaheed ka wo Qom ki zakat hai

Pakistan observes defense day on 6th September every year. It is a day that reminds us of the sacrifices of armed forces to protect our motherland. It is a tribute for hundreds of mothers, wives, daughters, and children who lost their sons, husbands, and fathers in the name of Pakistan.

Every year, there is a big ceremony in the general headquarters in Rawalpindi to remember the sacrifices of martyrs of armed forces.

9. Ashura

Ashura is observed every year on the 10th of Moharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. The day reminds us of the day when Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad PBUH, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala.

It is a public holiday in Pakistan. Muslims fast and mourn on this day to remember the sacrifices of Hussain Ibn Ali in Karbala.

10. Quaid-e-Azam Day

This is one of the most important holidays in Pakistan. It is the birthday of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which is celebrated on 25th December every year.

The educational institutes and government organize functions, debate competitions, and dramas as a tribute for the father of the nation.

11. Eid Milad-un-Nabi

Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated every year on the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal according to the Islamic calendar. This sacred day is celebrated to remember the birthday of the last prophet Hazrat Muhammad PBUH.

On this day, there are many Islamic conferences, hamd o naat competitions, milaads, and rallies across the country. People send sweet dishes to their family and neighbours as a symbol of celebration and happiness. People are looking for affordable places to visit with their families. If you are looking for a perfect vacation spot review our blog famous hill stations in Pakistan, list of dams in Pakistan. Deserts in Pakistan are also adventurous to visit.

Pakistanis usually observe public holidays. That means everyone can stay at home and enjoy the day with their friends and family. Get all the information for the process of driving license online verification in Pakistan. Get to know schools in Islamabad

Also, you can view the official holiday calendar issued by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Pakistan. It will give you a fair idea about holidays in Pakistan along with the official notification. If you want to travel to other countries I have a blog in which I list down visa-free countries for Pakistan read out the blog as well. Get to know haunted places in Islamabad

Happy holidays!


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