Notification of Holidays 2019 (Public & Optional)

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior has issued Circular No.02/07/2018-Public dated 01-02-2019 in connection with Notification of Holidays 2019 (Public & Optional). Detail is as under:

The Public and Optional Holidays regarding Festivals of Muslims and Minorities Holidays for the Calendar Year- 2019 would be as under:-

Notification of Holidays 2019-Public Holidays 2019

 1 Kashmir Day Tuesday 5th February, 2019
 2 Pakistan Day (23rd March) Saturday 23rd March, 2019
 3 Labour Day (1st May) Wednesday 1st May, 2019
 4Eid—ul-Fitr, (1st Shawal 1440 AH) Wednesday, Thursday & Friday * 5th ,6th & 7th June, 2019
 5Eid-ul-Azha, (10th Zilhaj 1440 AH) Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday * 12th’ 13th & 14th August, 2019
 6Independence Day (14th August) Wednesday 14th August, 2019
 7Ashura (9th & 10th Muharram 1441 AH) Monday &Tuesday * 9th & 10th September, 2019
 8Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12 Rabi-ul-Awal 1441 AH) Monday * 11 November, 2019
 9Quaid-e-Azam Day Wednesday 25th December, 2019
 10Christmas Wednesday 25th December, 2019
 11Day after Christmas Thursday 26th December, 2019 (For Christians only)

 Notification of Holidays 2019-Optional Holidays 2019

1 New Year Day Tuesday 1st January, 2019
2 Basant Punchami Wednesday 9th February,2019
3 Shiv Ratri Monday 4th March, 2019
4 Holi Tuesday 21st March, 2019
5 Dulhandi Tuesday 21st March, 2019
6 Shab-e-Meraj (27 Rajab 1440 A.H) Thursday * 4th April, 2019
7 Baisakhi Festival Sunday 14th April, 2019
8 Good Friday Friday 19th April, 2019
9 Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community only) Sunday 21st April, 2019
10 Shab-e-Barat (15 Shaban 1440 A.H) Sunday *21st April, 2019
11 Easter Sunday 21st April 2019
12 Day After Easter Monday 22nd April, 2019
13 Buddha Purnima Saturday 18th May, 2019
14 Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year Day) Saturday 17th August, 2019
15 Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Thursday 22nd August, 2019
16 Krishna Janam Ashtami Saturday 24th August, 2019
17 Durga Puja Sunday 6th October, 2019
18 Dussehra Tuesday 8th October, 2019
19 Birthday Guru Valmik Sawami Jee Sunday 13th October, 2019
20 Diwali Sunday 27th October, 2019
21 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev jee Tuesday 12th November, 2019
22 Chelum (20 Safar 1441 A.H) Sunday * 20th November, 2019
23 Giyarvhee Sharief (11 Rabi-us-Sani 1441A.H) Monday * 9th December, 2019


In case of Muslim Festivals the dates of Holidays are based on anticipated dates and are subject to appearance of Moon for which a separate Notification will be issued by Ministry of Interior.

3. 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-2019.

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 as to adequate staff is available for proper continuance of the work.

5. The Optional Holidays are denominational and may be allowed at the discretion of the Head of Office, provided that work is not suffered.

6. A Government Servant should not ordinarily be refused an Optional Holiday that is of religious significance to him and the refusal is likely to decrease the number of such holidays to which she/he is entitled.

By: Mr. Zahid Khan

Notification of Holidays 2019 Public
Notification of Holidays 2019 Optional
Notification of Optional & Public Holidays 2019

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