School and College holidays in Pakistan for the year 2023

The duration of the academic year in Pakistani schools is from August to May in the certain private schools and colleges. However, there is much of difference in starting and ending dates of Government and public sector schools. In government schools and many other private schools and colleges, the new session starts from April 1 and goes on to next March. Where the results of students is usually announced on the 31st March.

Different provincial schools and colleges may use different schedule for the starting and ending of session. The full academic year is nine months including the summer, winter and spring breaks.

There are usually two weekly holiday in most of schools and colleges, Saturday and Sunday. However, some schools like many govt schools observe just one weekly holiday and that is Sunday. In addition to these weekly holidays, public holidays are also observed for both students and teachers, in schools and colleges.

List of School & College Holidays for year 2023

Public holidays according to the 2023 school and colleges holiday calendar include the following holidays.

DateHolidayDay of Week
Feb 5, 2023Kashmir DaySunday
Mar 23, 2023Pakistan DayThursday
Apr 10,2023Easter Monday*Monday
Apr 21, 2023Eid-ul-Fitr HolidayFriday
Apr 22, 2023Eid-ul-Fitr HolidaySaturday
Apr 23, 2023 Eid-ul-Fitr HolidaySunday
Apr 24, 2023Eid-ul-Fitr HolidayMonday
Apr 25, 2023Eid-ul-Fitr HolidayTuesday
May 1, 2023Labour DayMonday
Jun 1, 2023 to Aug 14, 2023Summer HolidaysThursday
Jul 16, 2023 to Jul 29, 2023Short Summer Break for Hilly AreasSunday
Jun 29, 2023Eid-ul-AzhaThursday
Jun 30, 2023Eid-ul-Azha HolidayFriday
Jul 1, 2023Eid-ul-Azha HolidaySaturday
Jul 27, 2023AshuraThursday
Jul 28, 2023AshuraFriday
Aug 14, 2023Independence DayMonday
Sep 29, 2023Eid Milad-un-NabiFriday
Nov 9, 2023Iqbal DayThursday
Dec 25, 2023Quaid-e-Azam DayMonday 
Dec 25, 2023Christmas Day*Monday
Dec 26, 2023Day after Christmas*(for Christians only)Tuesday
Dec 24, 2023 to Dec 31, 2023Winter holidaysSunday

Detail of Holidays

Details of some of the holidays mentioned above is as follows.

Kashmir Day

On Kashmir day unity between Pakistan and Kashmiris is celebrated every February 5th.

Pakistan Day

The historic passing of Lahore Resolution, that was passed on March 23,1940 is celebrated every year.

Labour Day

Labour Day is a national holiday in Pakistan for celebrating the achievements of laborers.

Eid-ul-Fitr Holiday

This is the Muslim’s Religious Festival marking the end of the fast of Ramadan.

Independence Day.

The celebration day of Pakistan Independence from British Rule. This is the national holiday in Pakistan.

Eid-ul-Azha Holiday

Eid-ul-Azha is the Muslim’s Religious Festival, commemorates Hazrat Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah

Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah , the founder of Pakistan is remembered on this day. In his honor a holiday is given countrywide. This holiday coincides with Christmas day, a religious day for christian community worldover and obviously in Pakistan.


Ashura is the 10th of Muharram according to the Islamic calendar. Usually both the 9th and 10th Muharram are off days.

Christmas Day

Christmas day is a religious festival of christians in Pakistan. It is celebrated on December 25th every year.

Additional Holidays

Sometimes there are additional holidays, which are not part of the holidays calendar for students but they are just suddenly announced and given by government for different reasons. For example recently in different parts of country spring holidays were given on different dates. So of which we reported like spring holidays in Islamabad and spring holidays in KPK.

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  1. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) played a major role in applying the basic laws of Islam to kings. They request leave on the day of their martyrdom.

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