Public Holiday or National Holiday is a non-working day during the year which is celebrated on the basis of some historical or significant event. Sovereign and Independent nations observe their public or national holidays with full dedication and passions. Every country in the world has some public holidays which they celebrate according to their historical and significant event in their history. Holidays are considered the special days which are celebrated on the fix day of a week in a specific month of the year.
In our country Pakistan, there are many public holidays which are celebrated every year in the remembering of some significant historical events. These events include anniversaries of our leaders, days of harmony and religious events. Pakistan is an Islamic country and mostly holidays are celebrated on religious events. There are nearly 16 listed public holidays which are celebrated every year in Pakistan. Here, a complete list of all public holidays is arranged for our visitors so that they can plan their holidays according the calendar year 2020.
In Pakistan Sunday is the official holiday in each week. Some Organizations and Institutions also observe Saturday and Sunday two days off. But most of the organizations and Govt. Institutions/Offices remain closed only Sunday. In 1971, Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time changed the holiday from Sunday into Friday but later in 1997, Prime Minister of Pakistan changed the Friday again into Sunday as a holiday. Now Saturday/Sunday is the weekend and Sunday is observed as a holiday across the whole country. Besides this holiday, there are many other national holidays which are celebrated every year for which detail is given below.
Holidays in 2020
|Sr. No||Event/Holiday||Day of Event||Date of Event|
|1||Kashmir Day||Wednesday||5th of February 2020|
|2||Pakistan Day||Monday||23rd of March 2020|
|3||Easter Day||Sunday||12th of April 2020|
|4||Labour Day||Friday||1st of May 2020|
|5||Eid-Ul-Fitr||Sat-Tue||23-26 May 2020|
|6||Eid-Ul-Adha||Thu-Mon||30 July- 3 Aug 2020|
|7||Independence Day||Friday||14th of August 2020|
|8||Ashura||Fri-Sat||28-29 August 2020|
|9||Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW)||Wed-Thu||28-29 October 2020|
|10||Christmas Day||Friday||25th of December 2020|
|11||Quaid-e-Azam Day||Friday||25th of December 2020|
Kashmir Solidarity Day or Kashmir Day is observed on 5th of February each year by the people of Kashmir and Pakistan in order to show harmony with the people of Occupied Kashmir and support them for their freedom from India. It reminds the whole world about the sacrifices made by people of Kashmir and their struggle to get liberation. It is a national holiday in Pakistan and Kashmir.
On 23rd of March, 1940 in the city of Lahore, a resolution was passed by the All India Muslim League during the struggle of freedom for Muslims of subcontinent from Britain. It is national holiday in Pakistan in the honor of this resolution. On this day, processions are held across the whole country.
Easter is a national holiday observed by the Christians in the whole world in the memory of Jesus Christ’s reappearance from the death, as mentioned in the holy book of Bible. It is observed on the day of Sunday and following day of Monday is observed as a holiday in most of the countries.
Labour Day is observed as a holiday in Pakistan on the 1st of May each yearto pay tribute to the sacrifices of workers for their struggle to get economic and social rights. On this day, procession and rallies are organized by the labour unions and different people to demonstrate their rights.
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the 1st day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and is the biggest happiest day for the entire Muslims of the world. All kinds of people especially children are most excited and happiest at this day.In Pakistan there are three consecutive holidays on this happiest occasion. It is celebrated with religious manners and is a reward from Allah Almighty against the fasting of the whole month of Ramadan.
Eid-ul-Adha is the secod Eid for the Muslims after Eid-ul-Fitr. This reminds us the great sacrifice of prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and his beloved son Hazrar Ismail (A.S) in the way of Allah Almighty. This Eid teaches us to obey to each commandment of Allah Almighty. After obedeince to Allah Almighty, we can get succes in the both of world. One night Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) saw a dream to sacrifice his son in the way of Allah Almighty. Next day, he told about his dream to his son. The son replied him to sacrifice him at once so that the order of Allah Almighty be followed. But Allah put a sheep in place of his son and accept his sacrifice.
Pakistan came into being on the 14th of August, 1947. The whole nation celebrates August 14 as its independence day each year with full excitement. It is a national holiday and it is the day when the Muslims of subcontinent got freedom from British rule. This day is celebrated to show patriotism and national unity. Processions and rallies are organized across the whole country to pay tribute to forefathers of nations who participate in the creation of Pakistan.
In Pakistan 9th and 10th of Muharram-ul-Haram are holidays to observe the martyrdoms of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his companions in the field of Karbala. This day reminds to stay strong against the liar. It is a day which reminds to sacrifice in the way of Allah Almighty. All Muslims in the whole world observes this day as a religious observance.
Iqbal day is celebrated on the 9th of November every year. It is date of birth of the Poet of East, Philosopher and Politician Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Allama Iqbal was a great thinker and poet who gave the idea of creation of Pakistan. At this day a tribute is paid to the national poet by the whole nation across the country. Ceremonies are held at schools, colleges, universities and different institutions and offices to celebrate the birth of great poet.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi is observed in Pakistan with the religious demeanors and manners as the birthday of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW). At this day, a national holiday is observed across the whole country. Mehfil-e-Milad are conducted in Mosques and different place to praise the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW). It is observed on 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal of the Islamic year calendar.
Christmas Day is a religious festival observed by the Christians across the whole word. It is a public holiday which is celebrated on 25th of December each year. In Pakistan Christian community has fully liberation to observe this festival with their religious manners and excitement. Pakistan provides them security on this happy occasion so that they observe their festival with full freedom.
The founder of Pakistan and Baba-e-Qaum Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on 25th of December, 1876. And this day is celebrated his birthday across the whole country. December 25 is public holiday to celebrate the birth day of Father of Nation. He is the greatest leader of subcontinent who consumed all his energies to create a new country on the map of world. He was the first governor general of Pakistan.