As December approaches, people in Pakistan are preparing for two important public holidays on the 25th and 26th of the month. The Government of Pakistan has released a notification titled ‘Public and Optional Holidays for the Year 2024,’ which outlines the holidays for the final month of the year.
On December 25, 2024, the entire nation will come together to observe Quaid-e-Azam Day, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. This day also holds a special significance for the Christian community as it marks the festive celebration of Christmas, honoring the birth of Jesus Christ.
To recognize the dual festivities, the government has declared Monday, December 25th, a public holiday across Pakistan. This day off provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to reflect on the legacy of Quaid-e-Azam and join in the joyful celebrations of Christmas. For Christians in Pakistan, the festive spirit extends to the next day. Tuesday, December 26th, has been designated as an exclusive holiday for the Christian community, allowing them an additional day to observe and celebrate Christmas. This considerate arrangement ensures that Christians in Pakistan can enjoy two consecutive holidays, promoting inclusivity and allowing for extended festivities.
As the nation comes together to honor its founder and embrace the spirit of Christmas, these December holidays promise moments of reflection, unity, and celebration for Pakistanis of diverse backgrounds. Whether commemorating the vision of Quaid-e-Azam or cherishing the joy of Christmas, the end of the year is set to be a time of shared festivities and a strong sense of community spirit.