Public and Optional Holidays in Pakistan 2022

The Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior Islamabad, made an official notification letter in link with public and optional holidays in Pakistan in 2022.

According to the notification, there will be a total of ten public holidays in Pakistan in 2022, beginning on February 5th for Kashmir Day and ending on December 25th for Quaid-e-Azam Day and Christmas.

However, there is an additional holiday for Christians only on December 26th (Day after Christmas). The following are the public and optional holidays for Muslim and minority festivals in the calendar year 2022:

Public Holidays in Pakistan 2022

Kashmir DaySaturday5th February 2022
Pakistan DayWednesday23rd March 2022
Labour DaySunday1st May 2022
Eid-ul-FitrTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday3rd, 4th, 4th May 2022
Eid-ul-AzhaSunday, Monday, Tuesday10th, 11th, 12th July 2021
Ashura (9th & 10th Muharram)Sunday, Monday7th, 8th August 2021
Independence DaySunday14th August 2021
Eid Milad-un-NabiSunday9th October 2021
Quaid-e-Azam DaySunday25th December 2021
Day after ChristmasMonday26th December 2021

NOTE: (*) In the case of Muslim festivals, the dates are subject to the looks of the moon, for which separate notifications will be issued by the government. This needs to apply to the Eid-ul-Fitr Holidays in 2022, the Ashura (9th and 10th Muharram) Holiday in 2022, and the Eid Milad un Nabi Holiday in 2022.

Bank Holidays 2022

S.NoDay / Date
13rd January 2022 (Monday)
24th April 2022 (Monday) corresponding to 1st Ramazan 1443 AH for deduction of Zakat (subject to appearance of the moon)
31st July 2022 (Friday)

Optional Holidays 2022

S.NoName of OccasionDaysDates during the year 2022
1New Year DaySaturday1st January 2022
2Basant  PunchamiSaturday5th February 2022
3ShivaratriTuesday1st March 2022
4Shab-e-Meraj (27 Rajab 1443 A.H)Tuesday1st March 2022
5HoliThursday17th March 2022
6DulhandiFriday18th March 2022
7Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1443 A.H)Friday18th March 2022
8BaisakhiThursday14th April 2022
9Good FridayFriday 15th April 2022
10Easter / Day after Easter SundaySunday / Monday17th and 18th April 2022
11Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community only)Thursday21st April 2022
12Buddha PurnimaMonday16th May 2022
13Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year Day)Tuesday16th August 2022
14Janam AshtamiFriday19th August 2022
15Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)Sunday21st August 2022
16Chehlum (20th Safar 1444 A.H)Saturday17th September 2022
17Durga PoojaMonday3rd October 2022
18DussehraWednesday5th October 2022
19Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami JiSunday9th October 2022
20DiwaliMonday24th October 2022
21Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi-Us-Sani 1444 A.H)Monday7th November 2022
22Guru Nanak Dev Jee BirthdayMonday8th November 2022

Government employees who wish to take advantage of Optional Holidays must obtain prior permission from the Head of Office concerned, and no Government Employee shall be granted more than one Optional Holiday in the situation of Muslims and three Optional Holidays in the case of Non-Muslims in a calendar year.

Work should not be disrupted as a result of the grant of this concession. In the case of Muslim optional holidays, the number of people who can take them should be limited. In such a way that adequate staff is available for the proper continuation of the work.

The optional holidays are denominational in nature and may be granted at the choice of the Head of Office, provided that work is not seriously compromised.

A government employee should not be routinely denied an Optional Holiday that is religiously significant to him, especially if the refusal is likely to reduce the number of such holidays to which she or he is entitled.

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