Events & Holidays in Pakistan

Date English Name Local Name History

March 23
Pakistan Day یوم پاکستان
Commemorates Pakistan Resolution on March 23, 1940 in Lahore

21 Mar Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi عيد ميلاد النبي
Birthday of Prophet Muhammad. It occurs on the 12th of Rabi’-ul-Awwal

May 1 Labor Day (May Day) یوم کاریگرYom-e-Karegar
Labor day in Pakistan

August 14 Independence Day یوم استقلالYom-e-Istiqlal Commemorates Pakistan’s independence from the United Kingdom on August 14th, 1947

September 6 Defense Day* یوم دفاع
Yom-e-Difa Defense Day

September 11 Death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah* یوم وفات قائداعظم
Yom -e- Wafat -e- Quaid-e-Azam
Death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah

21, 22, 23
(Approx.) Eid-ul-Fitr عيد الفطر
Commemorates end of Ramadan (Ramazan). It occurs on the 1st day of Shawwal

November 9 Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal* یوم ولادت محمد اقبال
Yom -e- Viladat -e- Muhammed Iqbal Birthday of national poet Muhammad Iqbal

28 & 29
November Eid ul-Adha عيد الأضحى Commemorates Hazrat Ibraham’s (A.S) willingness to sacrifice his son, occurs on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hajji

December 25 Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah;
Christmas یوم ولادت قائداعظم
Yom -e- Viladat -e- Quaid-e-Azam
عيد الميلاد المسيح
Eid-ul-Milad-ul-Masseh Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah;

27 & 28
(Approx.) 9th & 10th of Muharram عاشوراء
Ashura Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain. It occurs on the 10th day of Muharram
2010 (1431-1432 A.H)

Note : Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Most restaurants are closed during the day and there is a restriction on smoking and drinking in public places. Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha may last from two to four days, depending on the region.

*Note: Holidays are subject to the Goverment Policy