Public and Optional Holidays in Pakistan 2022

Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Interior Islamabad has issued the official Notification letter on 17th December, 2021 in connection with public and optional holidays in Pakistan 2022.

The Public and Optional holidays regarding festivals of Muslims and Minorities for the Calendar Year 2022 would be as under:

Public Holidays in Pakistan 2022

S.No Name of Occasion Days Dates during year 2022
1 Kashmir Day Saturday 5th February, 2022
2 Pakistan Day Wednesday 23rd March, 2022
3 Labour Day Sunday 1st May, 2022
4* Eid-ul-Fitr (1st Shawal 1443 A.H) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3rd , 4th and 5th May 2022
5* Eid-ul-Azha (10th Zil Haj 1443 A.H) Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 10th July, 11th and 12th July, 2022
6* Ashura (9th & 10th Moharram 1444 A.H)
Sunday, Monday 7th & 8th August, 2022
7 Independence Day Sunday 14th August 2022
8* Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1443 A.H) Sunday 9th October, 2022
9 Quaid-e-Azam Day/Christmas Sunday 25th December, 2022
10 Day after Christmas Monday 26th December, 2022  (For Christians Only)

The following will be Bank Holidays. However, on these days the Banks / DFls / MFBs will remain closed for public but NOT for their employees:

Bank Holidays in Pakistan 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 moon)
3 1st July, 2022 (Friday)


In case of Muslim Festivals, the dates of Holidays are based on anticipated dates and are subject to appearance of moon for which a separate notification will be issued by M/o Interior.

Optional Holidays of Pakistan 2022

S.No Name of Occasion Days Dates during year 2022
1 New Year Day Saturday 1st January, 2022
2 Basant  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 (Bahai’s Community only) Thursday 21st April, 2022
12 Buddha Purnima Monday 16th May, 2022
13 Nauroze (Parsi’s New Year Day) Tuesday 16th August, 2022
14 Janam Ashtami Friday 19th August, 2022
15 Birthday of Lord Zoroaster (Khordad Sal) Sunday 21st 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 servants desiring to avail themselves of Optional Holidays shall take prior permission of the Head of Office concerned and no Government Servant shall be granted more than one optional holiday in the case of Muslims and three optional holidays for Non-Muslims, in a calendar year.

The grant of this concession should not result in any dislocation of work. In the case of Muslim optional holidays, the number of persons permitted to avail optional holidays should be regulated In a manner so as to adequate staff is available for proper continuance of the work.

The optional holidays are denominational and may be allowed at the discretion of the Head of Office, provided that work is not suffered.

A Government Servant should not ordinary be refused an Optional Holiday that is of religious significance to him and the refusal is like to decrease the number of such holidays to which she/he is entitled.

Public and Optional Holidays for the Year 2022 – In PDF

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