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Jan 12, 2014

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Gazetted Public and Optional Holidays in Pakistan - 2014

Details regarding Gazetted Public and Optional Holidays in 2014, Bank Holidays in Pakistan and detail of Optional Holidays for Muslim and Non-Muslim Government Employees.

Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan has issued notification regarding National Gazetted Holidays and Optional Holidays for the year 2014. As per previous practice, in consultation with Metrological Department Karachi for expected dates of appearance of moon during year 2014 and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony for dates for festivals of minorities, following Public and Optional Holidays for the calendar year 2014 have been prepared.

Public Holidays in Pakistan (Year 2014)

The details of public holidays in year 2014 is as under:
Sr. No
Name of Occasion
Days
Dates
1
Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12 Rabi-ul-Awal 1435 AH)
Tuesday
14th January 2014
2
Kashmir Day
Wednesday
5th February 2014
3
Pakistan Day
Sunday
23rd March 2014
4
Labour Day
Thursday
1st May 2014
5
Eid-ul-Fitr (1st Shawal 1435 AH)
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
29th, 30th, 31st July 2014
6
Independence Day
Thursday
14th August 2014
7
Eid-ul-Azha (10th Zil Haj 1435 AH)
Monday and Tuesday
6th and 7th October 2014
8
Iqbal Day
Sunday
9th November 2014
9
Ashura (9th and 10th Moharrum 1435 AH)
Monday and Tuesday
3rd and 4th November 2014
10
Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas)
Thursday
25th December 2014
11
Day after Christmas
Friday
26th December 2014 (For Christians only)

Bank Holidays in Pakistan (Year 2014)

The detail of bank holidays is as under. Following will be bank holidays, however on these dates banks will remain closed for public but not for the bank employees.
Sr. No
Dates
Days
1
1st January 2014
Wednesday
2
1st July 2014
Tuesday
3
30th June 2014 (Corresponding to 1st Ramadan 1435, subject to appearance of moon)
Monday

Optional Holidays in Pakistan (Year 2014)

  • Government Servants desiring to avail themselves of Optional Holidays shall take prior permission of the Head of the Office concerned and no Government servant shall be granted more than one optional holiday in case of Muslims and three optional holidays in case of Non-Muslims in a calendar year.
  • The grant of this concession should not result in any dislocation of work. In the case of Muslims optional holidays, the number of persons permitted to avail optional holidays should be regulated in such a manner so as to leave adequate staff for proper continuance of work.
  • The Optional Holidays are denominational and may be allowed at the discretion of the Head of Office, provided the state of work permit.
  • 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 he is entitled.
Sr. No
Name of Occasion
Days
Dates
1
New Year Day
Wednesday
1st January 2014
2
Basant Punchami
Tuesday
4th February 2014
3
Giarhwin Sharief (11 Rab-us-Sani 1435 AH)
Tuesday
11th February 2014
4
Shivaratri
Thursday
27th February 2014
5
Holi
Sunday
16th March 2014
6
Dulhandi
Monday
17th March 2014
7
Baisakhi
Monday
14th April 2014
8
Good Friday
Friday
18th April 2014
9
Easter/Day After Easter
Sunday/Monday
20th & 21st April 2014
10
Eid-e-Rizwan (Bahai’s Community Only)
Monday
21st April 2014
11
Buddha Purnima
Wednesday
14th May 2014
12
Shab-e-Meraj (27th Rajab 1435 AH)
Tuesday
27th May 2014
13
Shab-e-Barat (15th Shaban 1435 AH)
Saturday
14th June 2014
14
Janam Ashtami
Sunday
17th August 2014
15
Nouroze (parsi’s New Year Day)
Monday
18th August 2014
16
Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal)
Tuesday
23rd August 2014
17
Durga Pooja
Thursday
25th September 2014
18
Dusehra
Friday
3rd October 2014
19
Birthday of Guru Valmik Swami Ji
Wednesday
8th October 2014
20
Diwali
Thursday
23rd October 2014
21
Guru Nanak’s Birthday
Thursday
6th November 2014
22
Chehlum (20th Safar 1435 AH)
Saturday
13th December 2014

Note: In case of Muslim Festivals, the dates of Optional Holidays are based on anticipated dates and are subject to appearance of moon.








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