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.


1 JanTuesdayNew Year’s DayOptional Holiday
1 JanTuesdayJanuary 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
5 FebTuesdayKashmir DayPublic Holiday
10 FebSundayBasant PanchamiOptional Holiday
4 MarMondayMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
21 MarThursdayMarch EquinoxSeason
20 MarWednesdayHoliOptional Holiday
21 MarThursdayDulhandiOptional Holiday
21 MarThursdayNowruz MubarakPublic Holiday in Public Holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral and Quetta.
23 MarSaturdayPakistan DayPublic Holiday
3 AprWednesdayShab e-MerajOptional Holiday
14 AprSundayBaisakhiOptional Holiday
19 AprFridayGood FridayOptional Holiday
20 AprSaturdayShab e-BaratOptional Holiday
21 AprSundayEaster SundayObservance
21 AprSundayRidvánOptional Holiday
22 AprMondayEaster MondayOptional Holiday
1 MayWednesdayLabour DayPublic Holiday
6 MayMondayMay 6 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
18 MaySaturdayBuddha PurnimaOptional Holiday
5 JunWednesdayEid-ul-Fitr Day 1Public Holiday
6 JunThursdayEid-ul-Fitr Day 2Public Holiday
7 JunFridayEid-ul-Fitr Day 3Public Holiday
21 JunFridayJune SolsticeSeason
1 JulMondayJuly 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
12 AugMondayEid al-Adha Day 1Public Holiday
13 AugTuesdayEid al-Adha Day 2Public Holiday
14 AugWednesdayIndependence DayPublic Holiday
14 AugWednesdayEid al-Adha Day 3Public Holiday
15 AugThursdayRaksha BandhanHindu Holiday
22 AugThursdayBirthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)Optional Holiday
24 AugSaturdayJanmashtamiOptional Holiday
2 SepMondayGanesh ChaturthiHindu Holiday
6 SepFridayDefence DayObservance
9 SepMondayFirst Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
10 SepTuesdaySecond Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
23 SepMondaySeptember EquinoxSeason
29 SepSundayFirst Day of NavaratriHindu Holiday
6 OctSundayDurga PoojaOptional Holiday
8 OctTuesdayDussehraOptional Holiday
13 OctSundayBirthday of Guru Balmik Sawami JiOptional Holiday
20 OctSundayChelumOptional Holiday
27 OctSundayDiwali/DeepavaliOptional Holiday
1 NovFridayIndependence Day of Gilgit-BaltistanPublic Holiday in Gilgit-Baltistan
9 NovSaturdayIqbal DayObservance
10 NovSundayEid Milad un-NabiPublic Holiday
12 NovTuesdayGuru Nanak’s BirthdayOptional Holiday
22 DecSundayDecember SolsticeSeason
24 DecTuesdayChristmas EveObservance
25 DecWednesdayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
25 DecWednesdayQuaid-e-Azam DayPublic Holiday
26 DecThursdayDay After ChristmasPublic Holiday
31 DecTuesdayNew Year’s EveObservance
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