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Public Holidays in Pakistan 2017

Public Holidays in Pakistan 2017

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.

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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.

SundayFebruary 05Kashmir DayObserved since 1990 as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir
ThursdayMarch 23Pakistan DayCommemorates the Lahore Resolution of 1940
MondayMay 01Labour DayYoum-e-Mazdoor
MondayJune 26Eid-ul-FitrThe end of Ramadan
TuesdayJune 27Eid-ul-Fitr HolidayThe end of Ramadan
WednesdayJune 28Eid-ul-Fitr HolidayThe end of Ramadan
MondayAugust 14Independence Day
FridaySeptember 01Eid ul-Azha Day 1Feast of Sacrifice
SaturdaySeptember 02Eid ul-Azha Day 2Feast of Sacrifice
SaturdaySeptember 30Ashura10th day of Muharram
FridayNovember 03Urs of Shah Abdul Latif BhitaiSindh only. 14th Safar
SaturdayNovember 04Guru Nanak BirthdayThe Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik
ThursdayNovember 09Birthday of Muhammad IqbalKhyber Pakhtunkhwa
FridayDecember 01Birthday of Nabi
MondayDecember 25Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
MondayDecember 25Christmas DayObserved by Christians only
TuesdayDecember 26Day after ChristmasObserved 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


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