Public holidays in Pakistan are different than bank holidays in the country. While all of the banks are closed during public holidays, there are additional dates throughout the year when the banks are closed to the public. Bank employees still need to go to work on bank holidays; they just do not service the public.
The government of Pakistan announces holiday dates at the end of each year for the following year. This list includes how many days of celebration are granted to each special holiday. It is not unusual as these holidays approach for the government to make an official announcement granting more days for the upcoming celebration.
The government of Pakistan also reserves the right to declare one-time holidays throughout the year. These dates, in the past, have been used for natural disasters and commemorative days. Businesses and banks are required to comply with these holidays, even if given on short notice.
All Muslim bank holidays, public holidays and commemoration days are calculated using the Sufist lunar visibility calendar.
Pakistan only recognises Sunday as a day of rest. Any holiday that falls on this date remains on this date and is not moved to the following Monday. There has been much dispute in the past on whether weekends were on Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, so Sunday was established as the only day of rest and “weekends” are not recognised.
|Sunday||February 05||Kashmir Day||Observed since 1990 as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir|
|Thursday||March 23||Pakistan Day||Commemorates the Lahore Resolution of 1940|
|Monday||May 01||Labour Day||Youm-e-Mazdoor|
|Monday||June 26||Eid-ul-Fitr||The end of Ramadan|
|Tuesday||June 27||Eid-ul-Fitr Holiday||The end of Ramadan|
|Wednesday||June 28||Eid-ul-Fitr Holiday||The end of Ramadan|
|Monday||August 14||Independence Day|
|Friday||September 01||Eid ul-Azha Day 1||Feast of Sacrifice|
|Saturday||September 02||Eid ul-Azha Day 2||Feast of Sacrifice|
|Saturday||September 30||Ashura||10th day of Muharram|
|Friday||November 03||Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai||Sindh only. 14th Safar|
|Saturday||November 04||Guru Nanak Birthday||The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik|
|Thursday||November 09||Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal||Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
|Friday||December 01||Birthday of Nabi|
|Monday||December 25||Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah|
|Monday||December 25||Christmas Day||Observed by Christians only|
|Tuesday||December 26||Day after Christmas||Observed by Christians only|
Public Holiday News
23 December 2016: BB’s 9th death anniversary: Sindh announces public holiday on Dec 27
09 December 2016: Rabi-ul-Awwal holiday notice
20 November 2016: Nov 21 declared local holiday in Lahore on account of Data Ganj Bakhsh Ali Hajveri urs
11 November 2016: Sindh govt announces public holiday
08 November 2016: Interior ministry rejects summary for public holiday on Iqbal Day
29 October 2016: Sindh CM Murad declares Monday Diwali holiday for Hindus
06 October 2016: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt declares two more public holidays
04 October 2016: Ashura holidays announced
01 October 2016: Public Holiday announced on first Muharram
05 September 2016: Government announces three-day holiday for Eidul Azha
05 July 2016: Shawwal moon sighted, Eid in Pakistan on Wednesday
02 July 2016: State Bank announces bank holidays from July 5 to 8
29 June 2016: Bank holiday on July 1
27 June 2016: 6-day Eid al-Fitr 2016 holidays in Pakistan