A celebration of the public holiday is mainly a commemoration of historical events. Moreover, Pakistan Holidays 2017 represent the religious, ethnic and cultural values. People get to spend time with family and celebrate any particular event.
No matter how hard working individuals we are in professional life, we tend to keep a balance through enjoying the freedom of annual and public holidays. Also, we all need a “reason” for a party, music, dancing, going out with family & friends, etc.
Let’s take you to a tour of the calendar year of holidays in Pakistan for 2017.
- Kashmir Day 5th February
- Pakistan Day 23rd March
- Shab-E-Miraj 24th April
- Labor Day 1st May
- Shab-E-Baraat 5th May
- Eid-Ul-Fitr 26 – 28 June
- Independence Day 14th August
- Eid-Ul-Adha 2 – 5 Sep
- Defense Day 6th September
- Ashura 30th Sep – 1st Oct
- Iqbal Day 9th Nov
- Eid Milad-Un-Nabi 1st Dec
- Quaid-E-Azam Day 25th Dec
- Christmas Day 25th Dec
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Kashmir Day – Pakistan Holidays 2017
People observe Kashmir Day throughout Pakistan and especially Azad Jammu Kashmir on 5th February. People offer special prayers in mosques for the liberation of occupied Kashmir. Moreover, Pakistani and Kashmiris carry out protests around the world against Indian oppression.
Speeches, seminars, rallies and conferences are organized by social, religious and political organizations to support sympathetic Kashmiri people living under Indian despotism. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani men and women stand in rows with holding each other’s arms on the paramount routes leading to Azad Jammu Kashmir; supporting Kashmiri people’s struggle for freedom and reassuring them that they aren’t alone. If you wish to show your support for occupied Kashmiris, then you should go to the main route leading to Jammu Kashmir.
On 23rd March, we hoist Pakistani flag on all public and governmental buildings at dawn. Pakistani President and Prime Minister pay a special visit to the mausoleum of Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal to lay garlands on the tombs. The change of guard also occurs afterward.
The best thing to watch is the special parade carried out at Constitutional Avenue in Islamabad. Also, President of Pakistan gives military and civilian awards in a ceremony after the parade to recognize the receiver’s contributions and achievements.
People decorate offices and Educational Institutes with flowers, patriotic banners, and hoardings. Schools and colleges arrange special speech and debate competitions in commemoration of Resolution of Pakistan occurred on 23rd March 1940.
On Pakistan Day, you can go to either on Allama Iqbal or Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum. Moreover, watching the parade in Islamabad is another top option.
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Shab-E-Miraj – Pakistan Holidays 2017
Shab-E-Miraj is our religious event commemorating how Allah took Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on a journey from His home in Makkah to Masjid-E-Aqsah and then to Heaven. Our Prophet learned about the 7 skies and Prophets. Allah talked and listened to the requests of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) regarding the Ummah. Also, He (Peace be Upon Him) saw the heaven and the Hell with His own eyes.
Muslims in Pakistan celebrate Shab-e-Miraj by offering special prayers in mosques all night long. Ladies prepare desserts and share it with neighbors, relatives and poor people.
You can have soulful moments of Shab-E-Miraj at Badshahi Mosque, Lahore or Faisal Mosque, Islamabad.
Labor unions celebrate Labor Day throughout Pakistan by organizing parades and rallies where union heads deliver special speeches. It’s ironic that most of the labors don’t even get the freedom to enjoy a holiday due to poverty. They are bound to work to make both ends meet.
I think our government should react to labor on Labor’s Day. Although, we watch different shows on TV channels emphasizing the importance and history of labors but eye-opening when we see labors working on the day named for them.
Shab-E-Baraat is a blessed night that comes on the 15th night of Shabaan – Islamic month. Muslims all over the Pakistan seek freedom from Allah’s punishment and calamity. Also, Muslims seek Allah’s acceptance of repentance. Muslims believe that Shab-E-Baraat is the night when Allah decides the fate of humans for the next year.
Therefore, followers of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) seek forgiveness and repent to Almighty Allah on this night. People spend the whole night in mosques offering special prayer.
For Muslims who are willing to spend Shab-E-Baraat along with hundreds of Muslims then Raiwind is a must place to visit. You will see thousands of people making Dua and offering prayer.
Eid-Ul-Fitr is the most joyful occasion for the Muslims all over the world and especially Pakistan. Muslims offer communal prayers after listening to “Khutba.” Usually, sports arenas and large grounds are suitable for Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer.
Muslims living away from family travel back to their hometowns and participate in different family activities after the prayer. Some communities arrange big communal meals while others arrange events for the kids.
Eid-Ul-Fitr comes as a relief to the month of Ramadhan. Muslims come back to regular eating habits after fasting for a whole month. Also, Muslims have to give Zakat al-Fitr to the poor in the community. Performing Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer at Faisal Mosque is such a wonderful experience. Though, we all find good mosques in every city.
Pakistanis all over the world wear dresses in green and white combination to celebrate Independence Day with great patriotic enthusiasm. Officials hoist Pakistani flag on governmental and public offices at dawn. Special parades are called out at sunrise where President of Pakistan, Prime Minister and chief armed officers pay tribute to the freedom fighters who struggled for the Independence of Pakistan.
House fronts, rooftops, streets, government offices, educational institutes are decorated with tiny flags. Schools and colleges arrange special events such as debates, dramas and speeches about the wisdom of Allama Iqbal, the bravery and leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his team for the separation of Pakistan.
TV channels and radios play special transmission on Independence Day in which politicians, analysts, armed officers, and bureaucrats tell the story of flamboyant Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-E-Azam), and how thousands of Pakistanis sacrificed their lives during the partition.
The felicitous event of Eid-Ul-Adha is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Peace be Upon Him) sacrifice of His son Prophet Ismail (Peace be Upon Him). Allah accepted the sacrifice moments before Prophet Ibrahim was about to cut the throat of His beloved son. Angel came down holding a lamb and offered it to Prophet Ibrahim.
Pakistani Muslims wear new clothes and offer prayer on 10th of Zil Hajj (Islamic Month). Muslims on Hajj also sacrifice animals on 10th of Zil Hajj that is coming this year on 2nd September.
If you want to spend an unforgettable Eid-Ul-Adha prayer, you can look for a big gathering in your own city or you can go to Badshahi Mosque, situated in Lahore. You will never forget the moments you spend there while offering Eid-Ul-Adha prayer.
Defence Day is celebrated everywhere in Pakistan on 6th September. Our armed forced defended the motherland from Indian invasion. The conventional war took place on the borders of Pakistan – India that lasted for five weeks. In the end, India signed the ceasefire because they had lost so many soldiers.
Their ill-minded plan of “having a meal in Lahore” didn’t work out because our armed forced fought so bravely that Indian forces couldn’t move further.
On Defence day, we commemorate the bravery of our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives but couldn’t let the enemy conquer our cities. Armed forced to display the latest weapon in several places. They also organize parade at Wahga Border, Lahore. Prime Minister, President and Chief of Armed Forces give speeches at different venues.
If you plan to celebrate Defence Day, you should visit Wahga Border. You will be amazed to see hundreds of thousands of people gathering there for the parade and special events. The strong and brave men on the borders will show their strength and courage. Worth seeing!
The 10th of Muharram (Islamic Month) is the day of Ashura for Muslims. Pakistani Muslims especially Shias mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (Peace be Upon Him) in the battle of Karbala.
Shias call for rallies and processions in every city of Pakistan in which they do “Matam” – showing their grievances on the unfair killing of Imam Hussain. Moreover, Shias also distribute “Niaz” to all the Muslims. Drinks are the main part of “Niaz” because the companions of Imam Hussain couldn’t drink a single drop of water for whole three days.
It is known that Ashura rally arranged in Karachi is the longest Ashura rally of Pakistan. Shias from all over Pakistan go to Karachi to become a part of it. You can also go there and walk by the “Zul-Jinnah” – A horse decorated as the horse Imam Hussain had while He fought with the Yazeedi soldiers and after a courageous fight, He was martyred.
Iqbal Day is a celebration of Allama Iqbal’s (Poet of the East) birthday. He was born in Sialkot, Punjab on November 9th, 1877. Allama Iqbal is our national poet, so we celebrate his birthday to commemorate his idea of bringing Muslims under one forum and introducing them to a different nation.
Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah followed Allama Iqbal’s theory of two nations which eventually resulted in a partition of India. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani gather to the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal.
Prime Minister, President and Chief of Armed forces also pay a visit and lay garlands on the tomb of legendary poet. If you want to see the whole event, you should visit Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum on 9th November 2017.
Some Fiqahs have different views on the observance of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi. Some scholars forbid from celebrating Milad-Un-Nabi by challenging the holiday’s legality. However, Sunni Muslims celebrate Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi with religious fervor across the country; neglecting to differ with others.
Sunni Muslims decorate their houses with lights and banners. Special Quran Khawani (recitation) and Naat Mehfils are arranged in every city of Pakistan. Many rich Sunnis also arrange Quran recitation competitions in which many Muslims participate.
The biggest gathering you will see for Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi is in Karachi at Faizan-E-Madina (Dawat E Islami Markaz). If you go there, you can a part of Naat Mehfil, Quran Khawani, Speeches of known Sunni scholars, etc.
Quaid-E-Azam (Meaning: The Great Leader) is a day we celebrate in commemoration of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday. He was a witty lawyer and a significant politician who founded Pakistan – our homeland. He was the first Governor-General of Pakistan who unfortunately died after a year of Independence and nation was left in a chaos.
Quaid-E-Azam joined All India Muslim League in 1906 after leaving Indian National Congress and led Muslims to get a country of their own – where they can have complete freedom.
Quaid-E-Azam was born on 25th, December 1876 so, the whole nation celebrates Quaid Day on 25th December every year. Government offices and educational institutes arrange special events in which speech and debate competitions are held. Moreover, the politicians carry out rallies everywhere within the country to remember the great efforts of our Quaid.
Chief of Armed Forces, Prime Minister or President of Pakistan lay wreaths on the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. TV channels on-air special programs on the life and struggle of Quaid-E-Azam. If you wish to pay tribute to the great leader, you should visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 25th December 2017.
Pakistan has a major population of Muslims, however, there are still five million Christians living in different cities of Pakistan.
Christmas (Birthdate of Jesus Christ) is the biggest festival for Christian in which they carry out big processions especially in Lahore. So many Christians gather that it takes them hours to reach the Cathedral. Christmas in Pakistan is known as Bada Din (Meaning: The Big Day) which is a common phrase even among Muslims.
Christians decorate their houses with lights and built the Christmas trees. Many Christians put a star sign on their rooftops. Many churches arrange crib decorating challenges and the families that make the most beautiful crib get the reward or prize.
Christians also distribute special Christmas cakes with other Christians and Muslims. Even, many Muslims also exchange cakes with the Christians for sharing their love. The Santa Claus in Pakistan is known as “Christmas Baba” who usually distributes gifts to kids at a church.
On the Christmas Eve, Christians play loud music with fireworks. Bonfire adds to the celebrations while Christians dance around bonfire – making a circle. Christians are allowed to drink alcohol within their community – while it’s illegal to consume alcohol in Pakistan. However, the Pakistani government gives leverage to Christians so they can enjoy every bit of their celebration.