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Public Holidays 2017

Today – 29 April 2017 – is not a holiday in Pakistan.

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Update: 17 April, 2017 (Mon) has been declared a public holiday for Christians in lieu of the Easter celebrations.

5 FebSunKashmir Day
23 MarThuPakistan Day
17 AprMonEaster Monday *
1 MayMonLabour Day
26 JunMonEid ul-Fitr
27 JunTueEid ul-Fitr Holiday
14 AugMonIndependence Day
1 SepFriEid ul-Azha Holiday
2 SepSatEid ul-Azha
3 SepSunEid ul-Azha Holiday
30 SepSatAshura
1 OctSunAshura
9 NovThuIqbal Day
1 DecFriMilad un-Nabi
25 DecMonChristmas Day
25 DecMonQuiad-e-Azam Day

— The Easter holiday is observed by Christians only.

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.