The 5-day long festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by the Hindu community across the globe. Diwali coincides with the Hindu new year and is aimed at celebrating new beginnings.

This year, the Sindh government in Karachi has announced a holiday for the Hindu community on account of the religious occasion, Diwali on the 19th of October, 2017.

Any employees belonging to the Hindu community working under the Sindh government will be given a holiday for Diwali celebrations.

The notification was issued by the provincial government and read: 

“The government of Sindh is pleased to declare October 19, 2017 (Thursday) as a holiday for the Hindu community on the occasion of Diwali for all the offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporation and local councils under the administrative control of the government of Sindh.”

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It was also mentioned by the provincial government that Half of the monthly salaries and pension amounts would be given out for Hindu workers.


The Private Schools Association had previously declared a holiday for students due to Diwali but have now revoked the decision. Schools will now remain open on the 19th of October.

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