Public Holidays in Pakistan 2023 [Complete List]

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Public Holidays in Pakistan 2023 [Complete List]

The federal government released a complete list of Pakistan’s public holidays for 2023, including a list of optional holidays. The Cabinet Division has issued the notification for Pakistan’s public holidays for 2023, which is attach below.

A total of eleven [11] public holidays will be observe in Pakistan year 2023, starting on February 5, 2023, for Kashmir Day and ending on December 25, 2023. For Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas, according to the notification from the government.

For Christians exclusively, there is an additional holiday on December 26, 2023 (the day after Christmas). A complete list of all Pakistani public holidays for 2023, together with their descriptions, can be found below.

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Public Holidays in Pakistan 2023

Name of occasion DaysDates 
Kashmir Day Sunday5 February 2023
Pakistan Day Thursday 23 March 2023
Eid-ul-FitrSaturday, Sunday, Monday22 ,23, 24 April 2023
Labour Day Monday 1 May 2023
Eid-ul-AzhaThursday, Friday, Saturday29, 30 June 2023 & 1 July 2023
Ashura (9th, 10 Muharram)Thursday, Friday27, 28 July 2023
Independence DayMonday14 August 2023
Eid-Milad-un-Nabi Thursday28 September 2023
Allama Iqbal Day Thursday 9 November 2023
Quaid-e-Azam Day/ChristmasMonday25 December 2023
Day after ChristmasTuesday26 December 2023 (Christians Only)

NOTE: (*) For Muslim holidays, the dates are based on the moon’s appearance. For which the government will send out special announcements. This is true for the 2023 Eid ul Azha, 2023 Eid ul Fitr, 2023 Ashura (9th and 10th Muharram), and 2023 Eid ul Milad un Nabi holidays.

Bank Holidays 2023

  • 1 January 2023 – Monday
  • 22 March 2023 – Wednesday (Corresponding to 1st Ramadan and subject to appearance of moon)
  • 3 July 2023 – Monday

This was a list of all bank holidays to be observe during 2023. However, it is pertinent to mention that on these mentioned dates, the banks / DFIs / MFBs will remain closed for public only but employees will fulfill their duties normally.

Optional Holidays 2023

OccasionDaysDate
New Year Day Sunday 1 January 2023
Basant Panchami Thursday 26 January 2023
Shiv Ratri Saturday18 February 2023
Shab-e-MairajSaturday18 February 2023
HoliMonday 6 March 2023
DulhandiTuesday7 March 2023
Shab-e-BaratWednesday8 March 2023
Good Friday Friday7 April 2023
Day After Easter Monday10 April 2023
BaisakhiFriday14 April 2023
Eid-e-RizwanFriday21 April 2023
Buddha PurnimaFriday7 July 2023
Nauroze Wednesday 16 August 2023
Birthday of Lord ZoroasterMonday21 August 2023
Chehlum Wednesday6 September 2023
Janam ashtamiThursday7 September 2023
Durga PojaMonday23 October 2023
DussehraTuesday24 October 2023
Giyarhvi ShareefFriday27 October 2023
Birthday of Guru Valmik Swami JiSaturday28 October 2023
DiwaliSunday 12 November 2023
Guru Nanak Dev Ji BirthdayMonday 27 November 2023

Additionally, only government employees have been announce for these alternative holidays. An employee is only permitte to take one optional holiday if they are Muslims and three if they are not.

“The awarding of this concession shouldn’t cause any work disruptions. Regarding optional Muslim holidays, the number of people allowed to take them should be limite. To ensure there is enough staff to go on with the work properly. The Head of Office may approve the optional holidays if there is no disruption to work; they are denominational. Examine the alert.

The announcement further state, “A Government Servant should not ordinarily be denied an Optional Holiday. That is of religious significance and the denial is likely to reduce the number of such holidays to which he/she is entitled.”

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