Notification Public and Optional Holidays 2023 Pakistan

Last Updated on December 26, 2022 by Galaxy World

Government of Pakistan, Cabinet Secretariat Cabinet Division issued a Notification on 23-12-2022 in connection with Public and Optional Holidays 2023 Pakistan.  The Public Holidays 2022 in Pakistan are general holidays for all public. The Optional Holidays 2013 are not for the general public. These holidays are locally based and any event-specific or religious-specific holidays like Christmas, Diwali, etc.

Public and Optional Holidays 2022 in Pakistan


There are five types of holidays, these are as under:


  • Public Holidays
  • Optional Holidays
  • Local Holidays
  • Bank Holidays
  • Educational Institutions Holidays / Vacation


You will read the details of public and optional holidays 2023 throughout the year 2023 in Pakistan.  Some holidays are public holidays but only for the Christmas as Day after Christmas. There is also a third type of holiday which is a Bank Holiday. During bank holidays only banks remain closed for public dealing only. Otherwise, their staff remains present in banks to finalize the work.  There is another type of holiday that is called winter/ summer/spring vacations in Schools, Colleges, or Universities. These types of holidays are only for school/college students and teachers.  The teachers get a Conveyance Allowance during Vacations while they enjoy holidays.


Schedule of Public Holidays in Pakistan during 2023


The Schedule of Public Holidays at a notional level in the year 2023 is as follows:-


Sr.No# Name of Occasion Days Dates During year 2023
1 Kashmir Day Sunday 5th February 2023
2 Pakistan Day Thursday 23rd March 2023
3 Eid-ul-Fitr (1st Shawal 1444 A.H.) Saturday,  Sunday, and Monday 22nd April 2023,

23rd April 2023,

24th April 2023

4 Labour Day Monday 1st May 2023
5 Eid-ul-Azha (10th Zil Hajj 1444 A.H.) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 29th June 2023,

30th June 2023,

1st July 2023

6 Ashura (9th & 10th Moharram 1445 A.H.) Thursday & Friday 27th July 2023,

28th July 2023

7 Independence Day Monday 14th August 2023
8 Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul-Awal 1445 A.H) Thursday 28th September 2023
9 Allama Iqbal Day Thursday 9th November 2023
10 Quaid e Azam Day/


Monday 25th December 2023
11 Day After Christmas Tuesday 26th December 2023

(For Christians Only)

The government of Pakistan issued a Notification of cancellation of the Iqbal Day Holiday in 2015 but in 2022 Government restored the Iqbal Day holiday. In this new schedule of holidays in 2023 this holiday is also included in the list.


Notification Public and Optional Holidays 2023 Pakistan

List Bank Holidays in Pakistan in 2023


These Bank Holidays in Pakistan in 2023 are as under:


Sr. NO# Day/Date
01 2nd January 2023 (Monday)
02 22nd March 2023 (Wednesday) Corresponding to 1st Ramazan 1444 A.H.  for deduction of zakat (Subject to Appearance of the moon)
03 3rd July 2023 (Monday)



List of Optional Holidays:-


The optional holidays in 2023 are as mentioned:-


Sr. No. Name of Occasion Day Date
01 New Year Day Sunday 1st January 2023
02 Basant Punchami Thursday 26th January 2023
03 Shivaratri Saturday 18th February 2023
04 Shab-e-Meraj (27th Rajab 145 A.H.) Saturday 18th February 2023
05 Holi Monday 6th March 2023
06 Dulhandi Tuesday 7th March 2023
07 Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1445 A.H.) Wednesday 8th March 2023
08 Good Friday Friday 7th April 2023
09 Day After Easter Sunday Monday 10th April 2023
10 Baisakhi Friday 14th April 2023
11 Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community Only) Friday 21st April 2023
12 Buddha Purnima Friday 7th July 2023
13 Nauroze (Parsi’s New year) Wednesday 16th August 2023
14 Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Monday 21st August 2023
15 Chehlum  (20th Safar 1445 A.H.) Wednesday 6th September 2023
16 Janam Ashtami Thursday 7th September 2023
17 Durga Puja Monday 23rd October 2023
18 Dussehra Tuesday 24th October 2023
19 Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabl-us-Sani 1445 A.H.) Friday 27th October 2023
20 Birthday of Guru Valmik  Swami Jee Saturday 28th October 2023
21 Diwali Sunday 12th November 2023
22 Guru Nanak Dev Jee Birthday Monday 27th November 2023

The Hindus Community will observe the Diwali holiday on 12-11-2023 as the same community observed the same in 2022. Sindh Government issued a specific notification of Holidays on 24th Oct 2022 on Divwli in Sindh province.



List of Optional Holidays 2023 in Pakistan


Instructions about Optional Holidays


As the schedule for Public,  Optional, and Bank holidays already have been mentioned.  Here are some instructions regarding the Optional Holidays:-


No dislocation:-


The  Optional holidays are denominational and they can be provided by the Head of an Office. But he must make sure that the work does not suffer. If there is any Optional Holiday granted, it should not impact the work. If there is any Muslim Optional Holiday, the staff should be regulated in an appropriate manner. There should be no dislocation of work in case of Optional concession.


Government Servants:-


Government Servants should not be refused. On the occasion of any Optional Holiday,  which is of religious significance, the government servant should not be ordinarily refused. His refusal on such occasions is likely to decrease the number of holidays to which he/she is entitled.


Schedule of Holidays in Pakistan 2023

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