List of Public Holidays for 2023 – Federal Govt of Pakistan

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

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

In 2023 there will be long weekends as many public holidays are on Friday and Saturday. Due to Friday and Saturday, there will be long weekends for employees and students.

List of Public Holidays for 2023

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

Sr.Name of OccasionDaysDates during year
1Kashmir DaySunday5th February 2023
2Pakistan DayThursday23rd March 2023
3*Eid-ul-Fitr,(1st Shawal 1444 AH)Saturday, Sunday,
22, 23, 24 April 2023
4Labour 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
9Allama Iqbal DayThursday9th November 2023
10Quaid-e-Azam Day/ ChristmasMonday25th December 2023
11Day after ChristmasTuesday26th December 2023
(For Christians only)

*Subject to the sighting of the moon.

List of Bank Holidays for 2023

The following will be Bank Holidays. However, 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 Ramazan 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 compulsory but the government can decide to announce it as public holiday or not depending 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 Sawami JiSaturday28th October 2023
21DiwaliSunday12th November 2023
22Guru Nanak Dev Jee BirthdayMonday27th November 2023

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 that adequate staff is available for the 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 does not suffer.

Cabinet Division Optional and Public Holidays Official Notification 2023

List of Public Holidays for 2023
List of Optional Holidays for 2023

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