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Pakistan : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months



Internet extension: .pk - Telephone code: +92 - International dialing code: 00
Many banks remain open on Saturday
Christian, Parsi, Sikh, Zikri, Ahmadi/Qadiani, Buddhist & Hindu communities are allowed to observe their respective religious main celebrations
GMT offset: +5 (DST: no)
Currency: Rupee (PKR) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Sunday




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optional holiday**Friday March 2, 2018Hinduism 
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senatorial electionMonday March 5, 2018Special Events 
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Pakistan Expo Asia International Exhibition**Tuesday March 13, 2018Tradeshows 
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optional holiday**Friday March 30, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Hazrat Madhu Lal Hussain Death Anniversary (Lahore only)*Saturday March 31, 2018Secular holiday 
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Shab-e-BaratFriday April 13, 2018School holidays 
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Shab-e-BaratTuesday April 24, 2018School holidays 
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Regional holiday**Wednesday April 25, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 13, 2018cards/flowers 
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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)*Wednesday May 16, 2018Banks only 
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Royal weddingFriday May 18, 2018Special Events 
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summer holiday (beginning)Friday May 25, 2018School holidays 
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summer holiday (beginning) - PunjabFriday June 1, 2018School holidays 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Friday June 15, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Saturday June 16, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 17, 2018cards/flowers 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Sunday June 17, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Monday June 18, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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banks are closedMonday July 2, 2018Banks only 
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parliamentary election**Wednesday July 25, 2018Special Events 
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Independence Day*Tuesday August 14, 2018National Day 
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summer holiday (end) - PunjabTuesday August 14, 2018School holidays 
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Arbor DaySaturday August 18, 2018Culture 
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summer holiday (end)Monday August 20, 2018School holidays 
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Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Wednesday August 22, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)*Thursday August 23, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Friday August 24, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (end)Friday August 24, 2018School holidays 
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El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)Wednesday September 12, 2018cards/flowers 
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Ashura**Thursday September 20, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Ashura**Sunday September 23, 2018Muslim, Sufi 
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Optional holiday -
Friday March 2, 2018

Hinduism : Holi / Holika / Medin Poya/Dola Purnima Hindu community


Senatorial election -
Monday March 5, 2018

Special Events :


Pakistan Expo Asia International Exhibition -
Tuesday March 13, 2018

Tradeshows : Www.engineeringasia.net/ lasts 3 days - in Karachi 2018 edition confirmed


Regional holiday -
Wednesday March 20, 2019

Secular holiday : Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi's day: a spiritual leader of the Hur Freedom Movement during Pakistan's freedom struggle against British colonialists. Sindh state only [Wikipedia]


Pakistan Resolution Day -
Saturday March 23, 2019

Secular holiday : On 23rd of March, 1940, at the Muslim League's 27th session, under Quaid-e-Azam's leadership, Mr. A.K. Fazlul Haq moved a resolution and demanded a separate sovereign state for the Muslims in the North West and Eastern zones of the Indian Sub-continent. Actual name of celebration is RESOLUTION DAY. http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/spedition/23%20march%202005/index.htm


Optional holiday -
Friday March 30, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Good Friday Christian community


Hazrat Madhu Lal Hussain Death Anniversary (Lahore only) -
Saturday March 31, 2018

Secular holiday : Hussain was a disciple of Sheikh Bahlol Daryai Chinioti. Following his master’s advice, he studied mysticism and spent 12 years in penance at the shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Bukhsh. Like all Sufis, he was a nonconformist and did not believe in ritualism but direct communion with the Almighty. He even shaved off his beard and moustache. Hussain’s love for a Brahmin boy called Madhu or Madhu Lal is famous, and they are often referred together as Madhu Lal Hussain. Madhu’s tomb lies next to Hussain’s in the shrine.


Regional holiday -
Thursday April 4, 2019

Secular holiday : O mark the death anniversary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in Karachi


Shab-e-Barat -
Friday April 13, 2018

School holidays :


Shab-e-Barat -
Tuesday April 24, 2018

School holidays :


Regional holiday -
Wednesday April 25, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : Ascension of Muhammad in Karachi


Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 13, 2018

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914


Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Banks only : Originally Ramadama is the name of the ninth month in the Arab world. It is, above all, a month of fasting. Fasting was not born with Islam. The abstaining from eating and drinking is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, preceding the prophet Muhammad. Thus, in the Bible, it is mentioned that Queen Esther asked the Jews to fast for three days before asking her husband to spare the Jews. According to the New Testament, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. Referring to this episode, Christianity has a fasting period of 40 days called Lent . Today, the fasting period of practicing Catholics lasts from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. The start of Ramadan generally depends on local observation of the moon crescent, but others choose the calculation of the new moon or the statement of Saudi Arabia to determine the start of the fasting period. The three main prohibitions of Ramadan are: eat, drink and have sex, It is possible to swallow one's own saliva, but not the water with which mouth was rinsed. Practitioners can go swimming or take a shower, as long as they do not swallow water. Alcohol-based perfume is prohibited. Nail biting is allowed as long as nails are clean. Dates fruit are recommended after breaking of the fast, provided they do not come from Israel. Travelers, pregnant or nursing or menstruating women are allowed to stop fasting. Practitioners usually gain weight during this period. Punishments are particularly heavy year Algeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Royal wedding -
Friday May 18, 2018

Special Events :


Summer holiday (beginning) -
Friday May 25, 2018

School holidays :


Summer holiday (beginning) - Punjab -
Friday June 1, 2018

School holidays :


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Saturday June 16, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 17, 2018

cards/flowers :


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Sunday June 17, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Monday June 18, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


Banks are closed -
Monday July 2, 2018

Banks only :


Parliamentary election -
Wednesday July 25, 2018

Special Events : in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh


Independence Day -
Tuesday August 14, 2018

Secular holiday : Pakistan was formed on August 14, 1947 with two parts in the eastern and northwestern regions of South Asia, separated by Hindu-majority India. Wikipedia


Summer holiday (end) - Punjab -
Tuesday August 14, 2018

School holidays :


Arbor Day -
Saturday August 18, 2018

Culture :


Summer holiday (end) -
Monday August 20, 2018

School holidays :


Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday August 22, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Thursday August 23, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : The second main celebration of Islam. It celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj , to Makkah (Mecca) in Saudi Arabia.


Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday August 24, 2018

Muslim, Sufi :


Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (end) -
Friday August 24, 2018

School holidays :


El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday September 12, 2018

cards/flowers :


Ashura -
Thursday September 20, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : Husayn ibn Ali martyrdom day, killed in the year 680 in Kerbala (Iraq) fighting injustice. paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Ashura -
Sunday September 23, 2018

Muslim, Sufi : Husayn ibn Ali martyrdom day, killed in the year 680 in Kerbala (Iraq) fighting injustice. paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday