public holidays - Public Holidays in Pakistan

Shab-e-Barat :

The religious festival is celebrated on the 14th of Shaaban, the 8th Islamic month. Prayers, fireworks, exchange of sweet dishes and visits.

Eid-ul-Fitr :

Religious festival celebrating the end of fasting month on 1st of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic Calendar. Special prayer after sunrise, exchange of sweet dishes, visits.

Sibi Festival : (Last week of February)

At Sibi (Balochistan). Traditional sports, handicrafts exhibition, folk music and dances.

Sindh Horse & Cattle Show : (Last week of February)

At Jacobabad (Sindh). Similar activities as in Sibi Festival.

Jashan-e-Larkana : (Last week of February) At Larkana (Sindh).

Traditional sports, the exhibition of handicrafts, folk music and dances.

National Horse & Cattle Show Lahore : (16 March for 05 days )

Fortress Stadium, Lahore. Cattle races, cattle dances, tent-pegging, tattoo shows, folk music, dances, bands, cultural floats and folk games.

Nauroze : (21-23 March)

Celebrated only in Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Chitral. Polo, football, volleyball and hockey matches, folk dances and music.

Pakistan Day : (23 March)

Commemorating the anniversary of the Pakistan Resolution passed on March 23, 1940. Military parade at provincial capitals and Islamabad.

Mela Chiraghan : (Festival of Lamps) (Last week of March)

Held for 01 week outside Shalimar Gardens, Lahore.

Horse & Cattle Show : (End of March till 1st week of April).

At Dera Ismail Khan. Local games, folk dances, music, cattle races and exhibitions of local handicrafts.

Jashan-e-Shikarpur : (In April for 01 week)

At Shikarpur, Sindh. Cultural activities, local sports and handicrafts exhibition.

Eid-ul-Azha :

Religious festival commemorating the great sacrifice offered by Prophet Abraham. Celebrated on 10 Zilhaj, 12th month of Islamic Calendar. Collective prayers after sunset, the sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels and distribution of meat among relatives, friends and poor.

Joshi or Chilimjusht : (14-15 May)

Kalash festival of welcoming spring, held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Folk dances, music and exchange of dishes.

Shandur Polo Festival : (7-9 July)

A regular traditional polo tournament is held every year on the highest polo ground of the world – The Shandur Pass (Chitral district), with allied activities including folk music, folk dances and other competitions.

Utchal : (15-16 July)

A harvest festival, celebrated by Kalash people in Kalash Valleys, Chitral.

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi :

Birth Anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (P.B.U.H). on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal – the 3rd month of Islamic Calendar.

Independence Day : (14 August)

Meeting, processions, rallies, decorations and illustrations all over the country.

Defence of Pakistan Day : (06 September)

Parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Visits to the war memorials. (No national holiday except Armed Forces)

Air Force Day : (07 September)

Display of latest aircraft of Pakistan Air force and air shows at Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.

Phool : (20 – 25 September)

Held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Reaping grapes and walnuts, dancing and singing.

Lok Mela : (1st week of October, for one week)

Folk Festival at Islamabad. Folk Music, songs, music contests, folk dances, craftsmen at work, exhibition and sale of handicrafts. The festival presents a unique opportunity to watch the culture and craft of the whole country in one place.

Chowmas : (18-21 October)

Held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Welcoming of winter with first snowfall. Activities restrict to indoor.

Karakoram Car Rally :

On the directives of the President, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to promote the northern areas and the fabulous eighth wonder of the world, the KKH, PTDC organizes Family/Safety Car Rally all along with Karakoram Highway. It is now becoming a regular feature and car rally is being organized every year. In 2000, the first rally went all the way to Sost starting from Islamabad. In the year 2001, it was planned but due to unavoidable circumstances, it was cancelled. This year too, a rally has been planned for the month of April.

Birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal: National Poet (09 November)

National Industrial Exhibition Islamabad :

Exhibition and sale of Pakistan’s industrial products and handicraft items.

National Industrial Exhibition Lahore : (3rd week of November for 15 days)

At Fortress Stadium, Lahore. Exhibition and sale of industrial products and handicrafts of Pakistan.

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