Public Holidays

Public Holidays in Pakistan:

5 FebruaryKashmir Solidarity DayObserved to show Pakistan’s support and unity with the people of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.
23 MarchPakistan DayCommemorates the Lahore Resolution, which formally demanded an independent Muslim-majority state to be created out of the British India. The republic was also declared on this day in 1956.
1 MayLabour DAYCelebrates the achievements of Labour.
14 AugustIndependence DayThe formation of Pakistan in 1947.
25 DecemberQuaid-e-Azam DayBirthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan.

Religious Holidays:

Dhu al-Hijjah 10th – 12thEid-ul-AdhaMarks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage; sacrifices offered on this day commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son
Shawwal 1st – 3rdEid-ul-FitrMarks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan
Rabi al-Awwal 12MawlidBirthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad S.A.W
Muharram 9th & 10thAshuraKarbala Day for Shias to the mourn for the martyred Imam Hussein ibn Ali

Public Holidays in UAE:

  • New Year: 1 January
  • Eid Al Fitr: From 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal* (4 days)
  • Arafah day and Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): From 9 to 12 Dhu al Hijjah* (4 days)
  • Hijri New Year (Islamic New Year): 1 Muharram
  • Prophet Mohammed’s birthday: 12 Rabi al-Awwal
  • Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyr’s Day): 1 December (Although the day is observed on 30 November, a public holiday for the same is given on 1 December.)
  • National Day: 2 and 3 December (2 days).