Public Holidays in Pakistan 2018 [Complete List]


The new year 2018 is just around the corner and after enjoying the long weekend for Quaid’s Day on the 25th of December, we surely did wonder when the next public holiday is due.

Public holidays in Pakistan are a pure source of joy for everyone. Holidays are observed as per the Islamic calendar for religious purposes and the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes. The longest holidays of the year are the ones designated to Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.

Religious festivals like Eid are celebrated according to the Islamic calendar whereas other national holidays like Kashmir Day, international labor day, Pakistan day and Quaid-i-Azam Day are celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar.

Here’s the complete list of Public Holidays for the year 2018!

DateWeekdayHoliday NameHoliday Type
Jan 1MondayNew Year’s DayOptional Holiday
Feb 5MondayKashmir DayPublic Holiday
Feb 13TuesdayShivaratriOptional Holiday
Feb 14WednesdayMaha ShivaratriHindu Holiday
Mar 2FridayHoliNational holiday, Hinduism
Mar 2FridayDulhandiOptional Holiday
Mar 20TuesdayMarch equinoxSeason
Mar 23FridayPakistan DayPublic Holiday
Mar 30FridayGood FridayChristian, Common Local holidays
Apr 1SundayEaster SundayObservance
Apr 2MondayEaster MondayNational holiday, Christian
Apr 13FridayShab e-MerajOptional Holiday
Apr 14SaturdayBaisakhiObservance
Apr 21SaturdayEid e-RizwanOptional Holiday
Apr 24TuesdayShab e-BaratOptional Holiday
Apr 29SundayBuddha PurnimaOptional Holiday
May 1TuesdayLabour DayPublic Holiday
Jun 15FridayEid-ul-Fitr Day 1Public Holiday
Jun 16SaturdayEid-ul-Fitr Day 2Public Holiday
Jun 17SundayEid-ul-Fitr Day 3Public Holiday
Jun 18MondayEid-ul-Fitr Day 4Public Holiday
Jun 21ThursdayJune SolsticeSeason
Jul 1SundayJuly 1 Bank HolidayBank Holiday
Aug 14TuesdayIndependence DayPublic Holiday
Aug 22WednesdayEid-ul-Azha Day 1Public Holiday
Aug 22WednesdayBirthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)Optional Holiday
Aug 23ThursdayEid-ul-Azha Day 2Public Holiday
Aug 24FridayEid-ul-Azha Day 3Public Holiday
Aug 25SaturdayEid-ul-Azha Day 4Public Holiday
Aug 26SundayRaksha BandhanHindu Holiday
Sep 2SundayJanmashtamiHindu Holiday
Sep 2SundayJanam AshtamiOptional Holiday
Sep 6ThursdayDefence DayObservance
Sep 13ThursdayGanesh ChaturthiHindu Holiday
Sep 20ThursdayFirst Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
Sep 21FridaySecond Day of AshuraPublic Holiday
Sep 23SundaySeptember equinoxSeason
Oct 10WednesdayNavaratriHindu Holiday
Oct 15MondayDurga PoojaOptional Holiday
Oct 19FridayDussehraHindu Holiday
Oct 19FridayDussehraOptional Holiday
Oct 24WednesdayBirthday of Guru Balmik Sawami JiOptional Holiday
Oct 31WednesdayChelumOptional Holiday
Nov 7WednesdayDiwali/DeepavaliOptional Holiday
Nov 7WednesdayDiwali/DeepavaliObservance, Hinduism
Nov 9FridayIqbal DayPublic Holiday
Nov 9FridayIqbal DayOptional Holiday
Dec 21FridayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24MondayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25TuesdayChristmas DayPublic Holiday
Dec 25TuesdayQuaid-e-Azam DayPublic Holiday
Dec 26WednesdayDay After ChristmasObserved by Christians