The federal government has recently released the complete list of all public and optional holidays that will be observed across the country for the year 2023.
According to the official notification issued by the Cabinet Division, there will be a total of 16 public holidays in 2023, the first of which will be Kashmir Day which will be celebrated on February 5.
With 5 holidays falling on a Friday or Monday, there will be plenty of long weekends for the public to enjoy.
|Sr. No.||Name of Occasion||Day(s)||Date(s)|
|1||Kashmir Day||Sunday||5 February|
|2||Pakistan Day||Thursday||23 March|
|3||Eid-ul-Fitr||Saturday, Sunday, Monday||22, 23, 24 April|
|4||Labour Day||Monday||1 May|
|5||Eid-ul-Azha||Thursday, Friday, Saturday||29, 30 June and 1 July|
|6||Ashura (9 and 10 Mohrram)||Thursday, Friday||27, 28 July|
|7||Independence Day||Monday||14 August|
|8||Eid Milad-un-Nabi||Thursday||28 September|
|9||Allama Iqbal Day||Thursday||9 November|
|10||Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas||Monday||25 December|
|11||Day after Christmas (only for Christian community)||Tuesday||26 December|
The following will be bank holidays. However, these days, Banks, DFIs, MFBs will be closed for public but not for their employees.
|2||Wednesday||22 March (corresponding to 1st Ramazan for deduction of Zakat)|
On the other hand, there will be a total of 21 optional holidays. Let’s take a look at them.
|1||New Year Day||Sunday||1 January|
|2||Basant Punchami||Thursday||26 January|
|8||Good Friday||Friday||7 April|
|9||Day after Easter Sunday||Monday||10 April|
|12||Buddha Purnima||Friday||7 July|
|14||Khordad Sal||Monday||21 August|
|16||Janam Ashtami||Thursday||7 September|
|17||Durga Puja||Monday||23 October|
|19||Giyarvee Shareef||Friday||27 October|
|20||Birthday of Guru Valmik Sawami Ji||Saturday||28 October|
|22||Birthday of Guru Nanak||Monday||27 November|