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 Day||Saturday||5th February 2022|
|Pakistan Day||Wednesday||23rd March 2022|
|Labour Day||Sunday||1st May 2022|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday||3rd, 4th, 4th May 2022|
|Eid-ul-Azha||Sunday, Monday, Tuesday||10th, 11th, 12th July 2021|
|Ashura (9th & 10th Muharram)||Sunday, Monday||7th, 8th August 2021|
|Independence Day||Sunday||14th August 2021|
|Eid Milad-un-Nabi||Sunday||9th October 2021|
|Quaid-e-Azam Day||Sunday||25th December 2021|
|Day after Christmas||Monday||26th 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.No||Day / Date|
|1||3rd January 2022 (Monday)|
|2||4th April 2022 (Monday) corresponding to 1st Ramazan 1443 AH for deduction of Zakat (subject to appearance of the moon)|
|3||1st July 2022 (Friday)|
Optional Holidays 2022
|S.No||Name of Occasion||Days||Dates during the year 2022|
|1||New Year Day||Saturday||1st January 2022|
|2||Basant Â Punchami||Saturday||5th February 2022|
|3||Shivaratri||Tuesday||1st March 2022|
|4||Shab-e-Meraj (27 Rajab 1443 A.H)||Tuesday||1st March 2022|
|5||Holi||Thursday||17th March 2022|
|6||Dulhandi||Friday||18th March 2022|
|7||Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1443 A.H)||Friday||18th March 2022|
|8||Baisakhi||Thursday||14th April 2022|
|9||Good Friday||Friday||15th April 2022|
|10||Easter / Day after Easter Sunday||Sunday / Monday||17th and 18th April 2022|
|11||Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahaiâ€™s Community only)||Thursday||21st April 2022|
|12||Buddha Purnima||Monday||16th May 2022|
|13||Nauroze (Parsiâ€™s New Year Day)||Tuesday||16th August 2022|
|14||Janam Ashtami||Friday||19thÂ August 2022|
|15||Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)||Sunday||21stÂ August 2022|
|16||Chehlum (20th Safar 1444 A.H)||Saturday||17th September 2022|
|17||Durga Pooja||Monday||3rd October 2022|
|18||Dussehra||Wednesday||5th October 2022|
|19||Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami Ji||Sunday||9th October 2022|
|20||Diwali||Monday||24th October 2022|
|21||Giyarvee Shareef (11th Rabi-Us-Sani 1444 A.H)||Monday||7th November 2022|
|22||Guru Nanak Dev Jee Birthday||Monday||8th 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.