Govt announces public holidays for 2023

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Islamabad: The federal government Monday announced the public and optional holidays for Muslims and minorities in Pakistan for 2023.

Public holidays

According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division, there will be 11 public holidays in 2023.

  1. Kashmir Day Sunday, February 5
  2. Pakistan Day Thursday, March 23
  3. Eid-ul-Fitr Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, April 22,23,24 
  4. Labour Day Monday, May 1 
  5. Eid-ul-Azha Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 29,30, July 1
  6. Ashura (9th,10 Muharram) Thursday, Friday, July 27, 28
  7. Independence Day Monday, August 14
  8. Eid-Milad-un-Nabi Thursday, September 28
  9. Allama Iqbal Day Thursday, November 9
  10. Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas Monday, December 25
  11. Day after Christmas Tuesday, December 26 (Only for Christians)

The notification said that in the case of Muslim festivals, the dates of holidays are based on anticipated dates and are subject to the appearance of moon for which a separate notification will be issued by the Cabinet Division.

Bank holidays

The following will be bank holidays. However, the notification read these days the banks/DFLs/MFBs will remain closed to the public but not to their employees:

  1. January 2 (Monday)
  2. March 22 (Wednesday)
  3. July 3 (Monday) 

Optional Holidays

  1. New Year’s Day Sunday, January 1 
  2. Basant Panchami Thursday, January 26
  3. Shiv Ratri Saturday 18
  4. Shab-e-Mairaj Saturday, February 18
  5. Holi Monday, March 6
  6. Dulhandi Tuesday, March 7
  7. Shab-e-Barat Wednesday, March 8
  8. Good Friday Friday, April 7
  9. Days After Easter Monday, April 10
  10. Baisakhi Friday, April 14
  11. Eid-e-Rizwan Friday April 21
  12. Buddha Purnima Friday July 7
  13. Nauroze Wednesday, August 16
  14. Birthday of Lord Zoroaster Monday, August 21
  15. Chehlum Wednesday, September 6
  16. Janam Ashtami Thursday, September 7
  17. Durga Poja Monday, October 23
  18. Dussehra Tuesday, October 24
  19. Giyarhvi Shareef Friday, October 27
  20. Birthday of Guru Valmik Swami Ji Saturday, October 28
  21. Diwali Sunday, November 12
  22. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday Monday November 27