Public Holidays in Pakistan for 2019

The Government of Pakistan has issued a list of public holidays in Pakistan for 2019. A total of 14 public holidays have been listed by the federal government an announcement made on Sunday 3 February 2019. The notification of the public holidays in Pakistan was issued by the Federal Ministry of Interior.

The holidays include Kashmir Day, Pakistan Day, Labour Day, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha, Independence Day, Ashura, Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) and Quaid-e-Azam Day.

According to the notification, Muslims can avail only one optional holiday while non-Muslims can take up to three.

List of optional and Public Holidays in Pakistan for 2019

The holidays for Muslim festivals are subject to the appearance of the moon.


Date Day Name Details
1 Jan Tuesday New Year’s Day Optional Holiday
1 Jan Tuesday January 1 Bank Holiday Bank Holiday
5 Feb Tuesday Kashmir Day Public Holiday
10 Feb Sunday Basant Panchami Optional Holiday
4 Mar Monday Maha Shivaratri Hindu Holiday
21 Mar Thursday March Equinox Season
20 Mar Wednesday Holi Optional Holiday
21 Mar Thursday Dulhandi Optional Holiday
21 Mar Thursday Nowruz Mubarak Public Holiday in Public Holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral and Quetta.
23 Mar Saturday Pakistan Day Public Holiday
3 Apr Wednesday Shab e-Meraj Optional Holiday
14 Apr Sunday Baisakhi Optional Holiday
19 Apr Friday Good Friday Optional Holiday
20 Apr Saturday Shab e-Barat Optional Holiday
21 Apr Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
21 Apr Sunday Ridván Optional Holiday
22 Apr Monday Easter Monday Optional Holiday
1 May Wednesday Labour Day Public Holiday
6 May Monday May 6 Bank Holiday Bank Holiday
18 May Saturday Buddha Purnima Optional Holiday
5 Jun Wednesday Eid-ul-Fitr Day 1 Public Holiday
6 Jun Thursday Eid-ul-Fitr Day 2 Public Holiday
7 Jun Friday Eid-ul-Fitr Day 3 Public Holiday
21 Jun Friday June Solstice Season
1 Jul Monday July 1 Bank Holiday Bank Holiday
12 Aug Monday Eid al-Adha Day 1 Public Holiday
13 Aug Tuesday Eid al-Adha Day 2 Public Holiday
14 Aug Wednesday Independence Day Public Holiday
14 Aug Wednesday Eid al-Adha Day 3 Public Holiday
15 Aug Thursday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Holiday
22 Aug Thursday Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Optional Holiday
24 Aug Saturday Janmashtami Optional Holiday
2 Sep Monday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Holiday
6 Sep Friday Defence Day Observance
9 Sep Monday First Day of Ashura Public Holiday
10 Sep Tuesday Second Day of Ashura Public Holiday
23 Sep Monday September Equinox Season
29 Sep Sunday First Day of Navaratri Hindu Holiday
6 Oct Sunday Durga Pooja Optional Holiday
8 Oct Tuesday Dussehra Optional Holiday
13 Oct Sunday Birthday of Guru Balmik Sawami Ji Optional Holiday
20 Oct Sunday Chelum Optional Holiday
27 Oct Sunday Diwali/Deepavali Optional Holiday
1 Nov Friday Independence Day of Gilgit-Baltistan Public Holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan
9 Nov Saturday Iqbal Day Observance
10 Nov Sunday Eid Milad un-Nabi Public Holiday
12 Nov Tuesday Guru Nanak’s Birthday Optional Holiday
22 Dec Sunday December Solstice Season
24 Dec Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance
25 Dec Wednesday Christmas Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Wednesday Quaid-e-Azam Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Thursday Day After Christmas Public Holiday
31 Dec Tuesday New Year’s Eve Observance