Pakistan Public Holidays 2018


 
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Pakistan bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 6 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Pakistan Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan.  1 Mon New Year Bank Holiday Banks
Feb.  5 Mon Kashmir Solidarity Day
Mar. 23 Fri Pakistan Day
May   1 Tue Labour Day
     17 Thu Start of Ramadan Bank Holiday Banks
June 15 Fri Eidul Fitr (End of Ramadan)
     16 Sat Eidul Fitr Holiday
     17 Sun Eidul Fitr Holiday
July    Mon July Bank Holiday Banks
Aug.    Tue Independence Day
        Wed Eidul Azha (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Thu Eidul Azha Holiday
Sep.    Wed Ashura Holiday (Yaum-e-Ashur)
        Thu Ashura Holiday (Yaum-e-Ashur)
Nov.    Wed The Prophet's Birthday (Eid Milad un Nabi)
Dec.    Tue Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday / Christmas Day
        Wed Second Day of Christmas (for Christians only) Christian
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

07 Nov 2017 Pakistan Iqbal Day Public Holiday Ruled-Out (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) Pakistan's Ministry of Interior has once again ruled-out the rumoured declaration of Thursday, November 9, 2017, as a non-working public holiday in Pakistan on account of Iqbal Day.  29 Sep 2017 Pakistan 2017 Ashura Public Holidays Extended (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan has announced 2 public holidays in Pakistan for the upcoming Ashura (Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain) annual non-working public holidays in Pakistan for the calendar year 2017, as Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, 2017.  21 Sep 2017 Pakistan 2017 Ashura Public Holidays (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan has announced the dates for the upcoming Ashura (Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain) annual non-working public holiday in Pakistan for the calendar year 2017, as Sunday, October 1, 2017.  25 Aug 2017 Pakistan 2017 Eid-ulAzha Public Holidays (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that the State Bank of Pakistan and the commercial banks of Pakistan would observe their annual Eid-ulAzha bank holidays from September 1-4, 2017.  23 Aug 2017 Pakistan Extends 2017 Eid-ulAzha Public Holidays (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan has amended the dates for the upcoming Eid-ulAzha (Feast of sacrifice) annual non-working public holidays throughout Pakistan for the calendar year 2017, extending the upcoming Eid-ulAzha non-working public holidays period to a total of 4 consecutive days.  12 Jun 2017 Pakistan 2017 Eid-ul-Fitr Bank Holidays (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that the State Bank of Pakistan and the commercial banks of Pakistan would observe their annual Eid-ul-Fitr bank holidays from June 26-28, 2017, meaning that, in conjunction with the subsequent weekend, banks in Pakistan will remain closed from June 24-28, 2017.  07 Jun 2017 Pakistan 2017 Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holidays Extended (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Federal Government of Pakistan has once again amended the dates for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) public holidays throughout Pakistan for the calendar year 2017, by expanding these annual Pakistani public holidays by one additional day.  26 May 2017 Pakistan Ramadan 2017 Bank Holiday (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Monday, May 29, 2017, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the upcoming annual Start of Ramadan Bank Holiday.  25 Apr 2017 Pakistan Public Holiday May 1st (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan has announced that Monday, May 1, 2017, would be the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday throughout Pakistan on account of the Labour Day non-working public holiday of Pakistan.  27 Dec 2016 Pakistan Bank Holiday January 2 (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has in turn announced that the State Bank of Pakistan and the commercial banks of Pakistan would observe their annual accounts closing bank holiday on Monday, January 2, 2017.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Pakistan public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

Weekends: Pakistan followed the Western Saturday/Sunday weekend, from independence in 1947 to 1977 when then Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, introduced the Friday/Saturday weekend in an attempt to win over Muslim clerics. The weekends were moved back to Saturday/Sunday, in 1997, by then newly elected Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Then, in late 2010, the weekend for the public sector was reduced to one day only, Sundays.  The Muslim public holidays may last up to several days. In particular, the Eidul Azha public holidays are regularly gazetted to last only 2 days, but then they are extended to last 3 days at the last minute.  Allama Iqbal is Pakistan's national poet.  December 25 is a public holiday in Pakistan, not only on account of Christmas Day, but most importantly because it is the anniversary of the birth of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, often called the Father of the Nation .  The Second Day of Christmas is specifically listed by the government as a public holiday, but only for Christians.  Bank holidays are days the Banks will remain closed for public but not for their employees  The following are listed by the government as Optional Public Holidays for the federation and the provinces. These are denominational and may be alllowed at the discretion of the head of the office, provided the state of work permits. This was originally for minority communities under the 1934 Factories Act :  New Year's Day, Basant Punchami, Shivaratri, Holi, Dulhandi, Chelum, Baisakhi, Good Friday, Easter, Giarhwin Sharief, Budha Purnima, Janam Ashtami, Nauroz (Parsi New Year, see below), Shab-e-Meraj, Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal), Shab-e-Berat, Durga Puja, Dusehra, Birthday of Guru Balik Swami Ji, Diwali, and Guru Nanak's Birthday.  Nauroz, which is a Persian word meaning New (Year) Day, is not only revered by the Parsi community but also by the Shia and Ismaili Muslims. Parsis celebrate Nauroz twice a year (once in March, to welcome the season of spring, according to the solar year, upon the vernal equinox of the sun, and once in July/August, to welcome the season of autumn, depending if one follows follow the Kadmi or the Shahenshahi calendar (the Kadmi New Year always precedes the Shahenshahi New Year by 30 days).  Pakistan International Codes PK and PAK (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .pk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Pakistan information and news: State Bank of Pakistan (Pakistan central bank), UnitedHealthcare Global (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Pakistan maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Pakistan), and Wikipedia (includes Pakistan commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Pakistan, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Pakistan that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for Pakistan, were calculated using a mathematical model that is based on Sufist lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2018 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Pakistan, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Pakistan, before planning any trip to Pakistan. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.


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