Today is the last day of the year 2020 and tomorrow’s new sun will herald the new year 2021 with new aspirations and hopes.
The whole world is about to start the year 2021 in the shadow of the plague, but it is hoped that it will prove to be better than the year 2020. The year 2021 is starting from Friday and the last day of the coming year i.e. 31st December will also be Friday.
Every year there are some public holidays along with normal days. Public holidays in Pakistan start from Kashmir Day on February 5 and continue till December 25, Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday and Christmas.
Below is a list of public holidays in the year 2021.
Kashmir Solidarity Day
The first public holiday in Pakistan in the year 2021 will be Kashmir Solidarity Day i.e. February 5 which is Friday. The purpose of celebrating this day is to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people who are under Indian occupation.
Next year, the second public holiday of 2021 will be on Pakistan Day, March 23, which will be on Tuesday.
On March 23, 1940, at a meeting of the Muslim League in Manto Park, Lahore, a historic ‘Pakistan Resolution’ was passed which paved the way for the establishment of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.
This day is celebrated to commemorate the approval of this resolution and on this day the main ceremony is held in Islamabad while various ceremonies are also held in the provincial capitals.
In 2021, International Labor Day, a public holiday on May 1, will be observed on Saturday.
It should be noted that International Labor Day is celebrated all over the world, including Pakistan, to highlight the sacrifices of workers and their rights.
Eid ul Fitr
Every year after Ramadan, three Eid-ul-Fitr holidays are announced at the official level across the country In Pakistan.
In the year 2021, these Eid ul Fitr holidays are likely to be from May 14, 15 and 16, ie Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Every year there are 3 public holidays of Eid-ul-Adha on which Muslims perform sacrifices following the Sunnah of Prophet Abraham.
In the year 2021, the public holidays of Eid-ul-Adha are expected on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July ie Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Pakistan’s Independence Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm on August 14 every year and in the year 2021, Pakistan will complete 74 years of independence from British rule.
In the year 2021, Independence Day will be on Saturday, August 14.
In 2021, the holiday of 9th and 10th Muharram is likely to be on 18th and 19th August respectively which will come on Wednesday and Thursday.
Eid Milaad ul Nabi
Every year on the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, there is a public holiday on the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) birthday, which is celebrated with religious devotion and respect. In the year 2021, 12 Rabi-ul-Awal is expected on 19th October, ie Tuesday.
Every year on December 25, Pakistan is a public holiday on the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On December 25, 2021, Quaid-e-Azam’s 144th birthday will come on Saturday.
Other Public Holidays in 2021 in Pakistan
In the year 2021, other public holidays of Sindh province will come in these days.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai Ursh
Every year, the government of Sindh announces a holiday on the 14th of Safar on the death anniversary of Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai.
The death of Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai in the year 2021 is expected on Tuesday, September 21.
Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary
Every year on December 27, the Sindh government declares a public holiday on the anniversary of the former prime minister and chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party.
Next year in 2021, the public holiday on December 27 will be on Monday.
In addition, banks will be closed for public affairs on the following days of the year 2021:
Friday, January 1, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (1st of Ramadan)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Due to the sighting or non-appearance of the moon, religious holidays dates may change.