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Pakistan bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
Thu Labour Day
* Mon Start of Ramadan Bank Holiday Banks
* Tue July Bank Holiday Banks
Tue Eidul Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Wed Eidul Fitr Holiday
Thu Eidul Fitr Holiday
* Fri Eidul Fitr Holiday Government
Thu Independence Day
Mon Eidul Azha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Tue Eidul Azha Holiday
Mon Ashura Holiday (Yaum-e-Ashur)
Tue Ashura Holiday (Yaum-e-Ashur)
Sun Allama Iqbal Day
* Sun Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (Sindh) (tentative) Regional
Thu Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday / Christmas Day
* Fri Second Day of Christmas Christian
* Sat Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Death (Sindh) Regional
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Recent News and Updates

18 Jul 2014 Pakistan Extends 2014 Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holidays (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) The Federal Government of Pakistan has once again amended the dates for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) public holidays throughout Pakistan for the calendar year 2014.  27 Jun 2014 Pakistan Bank Holiday July 1st (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, would once again be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the annual July Bank Holiday.  27 Apr 2014 Pakistan Bank Holiday May 1st (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Thursday, May 1st, 2014, would once again be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of Labour Day.  03 Apr 2014 Pakistan Sindh Public Holiday April 4 (Associated Press Of Pakistan-Karachi) The Government of Pakistan's Province of Sindh has once again declared Friday, April 4, 2014, as a one-off regional non-working public holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of the PPP founder and leader, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.  03 Feb 2014 Pakistan Bank Holiday February 5 (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Wednesday, February 5, 2014, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the Kashmir Day.  12 Jan 2014 Pakistan Bank Holiday January 14 (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that Tuesday, January 14, 2014, would be a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on the occasion of the annual Eid Miladun Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet).  09 Jan 2014 Pakistan 2014 Public Holidays Announced (Pakistan's Ministry of Interior-Islamabad) Pakistan's Ministry of Interior, in consultation with Karachi's Meteorological Department, has issued its annual list of the expected dates for non-working public holidays and optional holidays for the calendar year 2014 in Pakistan.  03 Jan 2014 Pakistan 2014 Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Associated Press Of Pakistan-Karachi) The head of Pakistan's Ruat-e-Hilal (moon sighting) committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, has announced that the upcoming month of Rabi-ul-Awaal would begin on January 3, meaning that the upcoming annual non-working public holiday in Pakistan marking the birthday of the Prophet will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  30 Dec 2013 Pakistan New Year 2014 Bank Holiday (The State Bank of Pakistan-Karachi) The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has declared Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, as a bank holiday throughout Pakistan on account of the upcoming Western New Year annual bank holiday in Pakistan.  20 Dec 2013 Pakistan Sindh Public Holiday December 27 (Associated Press Of Pakistan-Islamabad) The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Province of Sindh, has announced that Friday, December 27, 2018, would once again be a non-working state public holiday in Pakistan's Province of Sindh.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Pakistan public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Weekends: Pakistan followed the Western Saturday/Sunday weekend, from independence in 1947 to 1977 when then Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, introduced the Friday/Saturday weekend in an attempt to win over Muslim clerics. The weekends were moved back to Saturday/Sunday, in 1997, by then newly elected Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Then, in late 2010, the weekend for the public sector was reduced to one day only, Sundays.  The Muslim public holidays may last up to several days. In particular, the Eidul Azha public holidays are regularly gazetted to last only 2 days, but then they are extended to last 3 days at the last minute.  Allama Iqbal is Pakistan's national poet.  December 25 is a public holiday in Pakistan, not only on account of Christmas Day, but most importantly because it is the anniversary of the birth of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, often called the Father of the Nation .  The Second Day of Christmas is specifically listed by the government as a public holiday, but only for Christians.  Bank holidays are days the Banks will remain closed for public but not for their employees  The following are listed by the government as Optional Public Holidays for the federation and the provinces. These are denominational and may be alllowed at the discretion of the head of the office, provided the state of work permits. This was originally for minority communities under the 1934 Factories Act :  New Year's Day, Basant Punchami, Shivaratri, Holi, Dulhandi, Chelum, Baisakhi, Good Friday, Easter, Giarhwin Sharief, Budha Purnima, Janam Ashtami, Nauroz (Parsi New Year, see below), Shab-e-Meraj, Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal), Shab-e-Berat, Durga Puja, Dusehra, Birthday of Guru Balik Swami Ji, Diwali, and Guru Nanak's Birthday.  Nauroz, which is a Persian word meaning New (Year) Day, is not only revered by the Parsi community but also by the Shia and Ismaili Muslims. Parsis celebrate Nauroz twice a year (once in March, to welcome the season of spring, according to the solar year, upon the vernal equinox of the sun, and once in July/August, to welcome the season of autumn, depending if one follows follow the Kadmi or the Shahenshahi calendar (the Kadmi New Year always precedes the Shahenshahi New Year by 30 days).  Pakistan International Codes PK and PAK (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .pk (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Pakistan information and news: State Bank of Pakistan (Pakistan central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Pakistan maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Pakistan), and Wikipedia (includes Pakistan commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Pakistan, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Pakistan that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for Pakistan, were calculated using a mathematical model that is based on Sufist lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Pakistan, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Pakistan, before planning any trip to Pakistan. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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