Political stability and Pakistan do not seem to go in one sentence, despite the country’s valiant efforts to uphold its dream to become a tourist destination. Bordered by Afghanistan, Iran and India, Pakistan was once the jewel of the Mughal empire, as can be seen in the architectural grandeur of Lahore. Although alerts against non-essential travel to certain areas seem to come in constant stream, Pakistan still holds allure with its Karakoram mountains, ancient bazaars at Quetta, and the cosmopolitan vibe of Karachi.
Eid Milad un-Nabi
Birth of Prophet Muhammad – This day in the Pakistan calendar 2013 celebrates the natal day of one of the most important figures in Islam, the prophet Muhammad.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Kashmir Solidarity Day – This day memorializes the Indian occupation of Kashmir and the protests that ensued.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Pakistan Day – This day commemorates the passage of the Lahore Resolution which demanded for an independent Muslim nation in the British Indian Empire. The struggle was led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Saturday, 23 March 2013
May Day – Pakistan has a sizable blue collar population, and this day celebrates their contribution to the country’s economic advancement.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
The End of Ramadan – Anywhere else in the Muslim world, the end of Ramadan is celebrated with joyous celebration, as the month of fasting nears. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and the devout consider this a religious obligation not to be missed unless one is sick, infirm, elderly, minor or menstruating.
Thursday to Saturday, 8 to 10 August, 2013
Independence Day – This day in 1947 marks the independence of Pakistan from British rule. British annexed India and because Pakistan was a neighbor, it too was colonized.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
The Feast of Sacrifice – Along with the end of Ramadan, Eid-ul Azha is another major Islamic holiday that commemorates the sacrifice Abraham made to Allah in offering his son Ishmael. On this day, sheep are slaughtered and the meat distributed to the poor. The devout forgive their transgressors as they themselves are forgiven. This day in the Pakistan calendar 2013 is more than just a day of sacrifice, but also a day of atonement and cleansing.
Tuesday to Wednesday, 15 to 16 October 2013
Birthday of Muhammad Iqbal – This day commemorates the achievements and national contribution of the poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal.
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Ashura – This day memorializes the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah – This day marks the natal day of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Christmas Day – In respect to the Gregorian calendar, Muslims, especially those in cosmopolitan Karachi, observe the birth of the Christian’s savior on this day in the Pakistan calendar 2013.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Pakistan Holidays in 2013. .!!