Notification of Public and Optional Holidays 2022 Pakistan

Last Updated on August 3, 2022 by Galaxy World

Government of Pakistan, Cabinet Secretariat Cabinet Division has issued a Notification on 17-12-2021 in connection with Public and Optional Holidays 2022 in Pakistan.  According to the circular, the Public and Optional Holidays regarding the festivals for Muslims and minorities in Pakistan for the calendar year 2022 would be as under:

Public and Optional Holidays 2022 Pakistan


The public holidays are for all Muslims and minorities. Optional holidays may be for the minorities only, muslins only, or for both. There are also Bank holidays for the public. During bank holidays only bank staff remains available in the bank and the bank doesn’t do any public dealings. In addition to Public, Optional, and Bank holidays there is another category of holiday that is a local holiday. Local holidays are generally celebrated at the district level.


Public Holidays 2022 in Pakistan


Sr. No. Name of occasion Days Dates during the year 2022
1. Kashmir Solidarity Day Saturday 5th February 2022
2. Pakistan Day Wednesday 23rd March 2022
3. Labour day Sunday 1st May 2022
4. Eid-ul-Fitr. (1st Shawal 1443 A.H.) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3rd, 4th, 5th May 2022
5. Eid-ul-Azha. (10th Zil Haj 1443 A.H.) Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 10th, 11th, 12th, July 2022
6. Ashura (9th and 10th Moharram 1444 A.H.) Sunday, Monday


7th, 8th, August 2022
7. Independence Day Sunday 14th August 2022
8. Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1444 A.H. ) Sunday 9th October, 2022
9. Quaid-e-Azam Day / Christmas Sunday 25th December 2022
10. Day after Christmas Monday 26th December 2022

(only for Christians)

Amendment in Date of Moharram


According to the Notification Holidays 9th and 10th Moharram 2022, there is a bit of amendment in this Notification. According to the above Notification the 9th, and 10th Moharram fell on the 7th and 8th Aug while in the amended Notification it is falling on the 8th and 9th August 2022.


Bank Holidays 2022


As I earlier mentioned that during bank holidays bank remains open but does not do any kind of public dealings. The bank holidays for the year 2022 are as under:


  1. The following will be Bank Holidays. However, these days the Banks, DFIs, MFBs will remain closed for the public but not for their employees:
Sr. No. Day/ date
1. 3rd January 2022 (Monday )
2. 4th April 2022 (Monday) corresponding to 1st Ramadan 1443 A.H. for deduction of Zakat (subject to appearance of the moon)
3. 1st July 2022 (Friday)

Optional Holidays for the Calendar Year 2022


Cabinet Division has issued the circular regarding Optional Holidays for the Calendar Year 2022. There is a huge list of such types of leaves. Most of these holidays are for minorities except a few for Muslims.


Name of Occasion Days Dates during the year 2022
New Year Day Saturday 1st January. 2022
Basant Panchami Saturday 5th February. 2022
Shivaratri Tuesday 1st March. 2022
Shab-e-Meraj (27″ Rajab 1443 A.H) Tuesday 1st   March. 2022
Holi Thursday 17’h March. 2022
Dulhandi Friday 18th March. 2022
Shab-e-Barat (15th  1443 A.H) Friday 18th March. 2022
Baisakhi Thursday 14th April. 2022
Good Friday Friday 15th April. 2022
Easter/ Day After Easter Sunday Sunday. Monday 17th & 18th April. 2022
Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai Community only) Thursday 21st April 2022
Buddha Purnima Monday 16th May 2022
Nouroze (Parsi’s New Year Day) Tuesday 16th  August. 2022
Janam Ashtami Friday 19th August. 2022
Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khardad Sal) Sunday 21st   August. 2022
Chehlum (20th Safar 1444 AH) Saturday 17th September. 2022
Durga Puja Monday 3rd October. 2022
Dussehra Wednesday 5th  October 2022
Birthday of Guru Valmik Swami Ji Sunday 9th October. 2022
Diwali Monday 24th  October 2022
Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi-us-Sani 1444 AH) Monday 7th November. 2022
Guru Nanak Dev Jee Birthday Tuesday 8th November 2022

Most Interesting Thing for Govt Employees


If we look at the schedule of 2022 Public Holidays, most of the holidays for employees are falling on Saturdays or Sundays. Kashmir Day, Labour Day, Eid-ul-Azha, Ashura. Independence Day, Eid Milad Un Nabi, and Quaid-e-Azam Day / Christmas All are falling on Sundays or Saturdays.  Only Pakistan Day 23rd March 2022, Eid-ul-Fitr, and 10th Moharram are falling on other days rather than Saturdays/Sundays. if we see the Public and Optional Holidays 2021 for Festivals of Muslims and Minorities, there was no such situation. Most of the holidays fell during working days.


Notification of Public and Optional Holidays 2022 Pakistan

Public and Optional Holidays 2022

Notification of Annual Holidays 2022 Punjab Govt


The government of the Punjab, Services and General Administration Department has issued a Notification on 14-01-2022 in connection with Public and Optional Holidays for the calendar year 2022.  These holidays are nearly the same as announced by the Federal Government of Pakistan.



Notification of Annual Holidays 2022 Punjab Govt





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