Public and Optional Holidays in Pakistan 2024

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior Islamabad has issued the official Notification letter on 20th December, 2023 in connection with public and optional holidays in Pakistan 2024.

The Public and Optional holidays regarding festivals of Muslims and Minorities for the Calendar Year 2024 would be as under:

Public Holidays in Pakistan 2024

S.No Name of Occasion Days

Dates during year 2024


Kashmir Day Monday 5th February, 2024
2 Pakistan Day Saturday

23rd March, 2024


Eid-ul-Fitr (1st Shawal 1445 A.H) Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10th, 11th & 12th April 2024
4 Labour Day  Wednesday

1st May, 2024


Eid-ul-Azha (10th Zil Haj 1445 A.H) Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 17th, 18th & 19th June 2024


Ashura (9th & 10th Moharram 1446 A.H)
Tuesday and Wednesday 16th & 17th July 2024
7 Independence Day Wednesday

14th August 2024


Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1446 A.H) Monday 16th September, 2024
9 Allama Iqbal Day Saturday 9th November 2024
10 Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas Wednesday 25th December, 2024


Day after Christmas Thursday 26th December, 2024  (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 2024


Day / Date


1st January, 2024 (Monday)


11th March, 2024 (Monday) corresponding to 1st Ramadan 14445 A.H for deduction of Zakat (Subject to appearance of Moon)


1st July, 2024 (Monday)


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 2024


Name of Occasion Days

Dates during year 2024


New Year Day Monday 1st January, 2024
2 Basant  Panchami Wednesday

14th February, 2024


Shivaratri Friday 8th March, 2024
4 Shab-e-Meraj (27 Rajab 1445 A.H) Wednesday

7th February, 2024

5 Holi Sunday

24th March, 2024


Dulhandi Monday 25th March, 2024


Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1445 A.H) Sunday 25th February, 2024


Good Friday Friday 29th March, 2024
9 Easter / Day after Easter Sunday Sunday & Monday

31st March & 1st April 2024


Baisakhi Saturday 13th April, 2024


Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community only) Sunday 21st April, 2024
12 Buddha Purnima Saturday

23rd March, 2024

13 Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year Day) Thursday

15th August 2024

14 Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Tuesday

20th August, 2024


Chehlum (20th Safar 1446 A.H) Wednesday 27th August, 2024
16 Janam Ashtami Monday

26th August, 2024


Durga Pooja Friday 11th October, 2024
18 Dussehra Saturday

12th October, 2024

19 Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi-Us-Sani 1444 A.H) Wednesday

16th October, 2024

20 Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami Ji

17th October, 2024


Diwali Friday 1st November, 2024
22 Guru Nanak Dev Jee Birthday Friday

15th November, 2024

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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