List of Public Holidays for 2023 – Federal Govt of Pakistan

List of official holidays for federal government of Pakistan as of 2023

Federal Government of Pakistan Cabinet Division has published the complete list of all the public and optional holidays which will be mentioned throughout the whole of Pakistan during 2023.

According to the Official Notice issued on the Cabinet Division Official website, there will be a total of 16 public holidays in 2023. The first public holiday in 2023 will be observed on 5 February on the occasion of Kashmir Day.

In 2023, there will be extended weekends as public holidays will be Sunday and Friday. Employees and students will have to make long weekends due to weekends on Friday and Saturday.

List of Public Holidays for 2023

The Public and Optional Holidays involving festivals of Muslims and Minorities in Pakistan for the Calendar Year 2023 would be as under.

Name of OccasionDaysDates during year
1Kashmir DaySunday5th February 2023
2Pakistan DayThursday23rd March 2023
3*Eid-ul-Fitr,(1st Shawl, 1444 AH)Saturday, Sunday,
22, 23, 24 April 2023
4Labor DayMonday1St May 2023
5*Eid-ul-Azha, (10th Zil Haj 1444 AH)Thursday, Friday,
29, 30 June 2023 and
1st July 2023
6*Ashura (9th & 10th Moharram 1445 A.H.)Thursday & Friday27th and 28th July 2023
7Independence DayMonday14th August 2023
8*EID Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul- Awwal 1445 A.H)Thursday28th September 2023
9A llama Iqbal DayThursday9th November 2023
10Quaid-e-Azam Day / ChristmasMonday25th December 2023
11Day after ChristmasTuesday

List of Bank Holidays for 2023

The following will be Bank Holidays. All the same, on these days the Banks/DFIs/MFBs will remain closed to the public but NOT to their employees.

Sr.#Day/ Date
12nd January 2023 (Monday)
2*22nd March 2023 (Wednesday) corresponding to 1st Ramadan 1444 A.H. for deduction of Zakat (subject to appearance of moon)
33rd July 2023 (Monday)

List of Optional Holidays for 2023

Optional Holidays are not mandatory, but the government can decide to declare it as a public holiday or not counting upon the situations.

Sr.#Name of OccasionDaysDates during year 2023
1New Year DaySunday1st January 2023
2Basant PunchamiThursday26th January 2023
3ShivaratriSaturday18th February 2023
4*Shab-e-Meraj (27’h Rajab 1444 A.H)Saturday18th February 2023
5HoliMonday6th March 2023
6DulhandiTuesday7th March 2023
7*Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1444 A.H)Wednesday8th March, 2023
8Good FridayFriday7th April, 2023
9Day After Easter SundayMonday10th April, 2023
10BaisakhiFriday14th April, 2023
11Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community only)Friday21st April 2023
12Buddha PurnimaFriday7th July, 2023
13Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year’s Day)Wednesday16th August 2023
14Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)Monday21st August 2023
15*Chehlum (20’h Safar 1445 AH)Wednesday6th September 2023
16Janam AshtamiThursday7th September 2023
17Durga PujaMonday23rd October 2023
18DussehraTuesday24th October 2023
19*Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi- us-Sani 1445 A.H)Friday27th October 2023
20Birthday of Guru Valmik Swami JiSaturday28th October 2023
21DiwaliSunday12th November 2023
22Guru Nanak Dev Jee BirthdayMonday27th November 2023

Government servants hoping to avail themselves of Optional Holidays shall take prior permission of the Head of Office concerned, and no Government Servant shall be allowed more than one an optional holiday for Muslims can also be a mandatory holiday for non-Muslims.

The grant of this concession should not result in any interruption of work. In the case of Muslim optional holidays, the number of persons countenanced to avail optional holidays should be regulated in a manner so that capable staff is available for the proper period of time of the work. The optional holidays are NGO and may be allowed at the discretion of the Head of Office, supplied that work does not suffer.

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