Public and Optional Holidays in Pakistan 2021

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior Islamabad has issued the official Notification letter on 10th December, 2020 in connection with public and optional holidays in Pakistan 2021.

The Public and Optional holidays regarding festivals of Muslims and Minorities for the Calendar Year 2021 would be as under:

Public Holidays 2021

S.No Name of Occasion Days

Dates during year 2020


Kashmir Day Friday 5th February, 2021
2 Pakistan Day Tuesday

23rd March, 2021


Labour Day Saturday 1st May, 2021
4* Eid-ul-Fitr (1st Shawal 1442 A.H) Friday, Saturday, Sunday

14th , 15th and 16th May 2021


Eid-ul-Azha (10th Zil Haj 1442 A.H) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 21st July, 22nd and 23rd July, 2021
6 Independence Day Saturday

14th August 2021


Ashura (9th & 10th Moharram 1443 A.H) Wednesday and Thursday 18th & 19th August, 2021
8* Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1443 A.H) Tuesday

19th October, 2021


Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas Saturday 25th December, 2021
10 Day after Christmas Sunday

26th December, 2021  (For Christians Only)

The following will be Bank Holidays. However, on these days the Banks / DFls / MFBs will remain closed for public but NOT for their employees:

Bank Holidays in Pakistan 2021


Day / Date


1st January, 2021 (Friday)


14th April, 2020 (Wednesday) corresponding to 1st Ramazan 1442AH (subject to appearance of moon)


1st July, 2021 (Thursday)


In case of Muslim Festivals, the dates of Holidays are based on anticipated dates and are subject to appearance of moon for which a separate notification will be issued by M/o Interior.

Optional Holidays of Pakistan 2021


Name of Occasion Days

Dates during year 2020


New Year Day Friday 1st January, 2021
2 Basant  Punchami Tuesday

16th February, 2021


Shivaratri Thursday 11th March, 2021
4 Shab-e-Meraj (27 Rajab 1442 A.H) Friday

12th March, 2021

5 Holi Sunday or Monday

28th and 29th March, 2021


Dulhandi Monday 29th March, 2021


Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1442 A.H) Monday 29th March, 2021
8 Good Friday Friday

2nd April, 2021


Easter / Day after Easter Sunday Sunday / Monday 4th and 5th April, 2021
10 Baisakhi Wednesday

14th April, 2021


Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community only) Wednesday 21st April, 2020
12 Buddha Purnima Wednesday

26th May, 2021

13 Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year Day) Monday

16th August, 2021


Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Saturday 21st August, 2021


Janam Ashtami Monday 23rd August, 2021
16 Chehlum (20th Safar 1442 A.H) Tuesday

28th September, 2021


Durga Pooja Monday 13th September, 2021
18 Dussehra Wednesday

15th September, 2021


Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi-Us-Sani 1442 A.H) Monday 18th October, 2021
20 Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami Ji Wednesday

20th October, 2021


Diwali Thursday 4th November, 2021
22 Guru Nanak’s Birthday Tuesday

18th November, 2021

Government servants desiring to avail themselves of Optional Holidays shall take prior permission of the Head of Office concerned and no Government Servant shall be granted more than one optional holiday in the case of Muslims and three optional holidays for Non-Muslims, in a calendar year.

The grant of this concession should not result in any dislocation of work. In the case of Muslim optional holidays, the number of persons permitted to avail optional holidays should be regulated In a manner so as to adequate staff is available for proper continuance of the work.

The optional holidays are denominational and may be allowed at the discretion of the Head of Office, provided that work is not suffered.

A Government Servant should not ordinary be refused an Optional Holiday that is of religious significance to him and the refusal is like to decrease the number of such holidays to which she/he is entitled.

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