Every New Year’s eve, most people predict the official holidays to see how many of them fall on a working day. It’s just their way of knowing how many holidays will they be able to enjoy, how they’re spread across the year, and how many things they can tick off their travel wishlist during that time. For the most part, the year 2016 has been very gracious to us.
Eid Holidays in Pakistan
Although the Labour Day (May 1st) and the Independence Day (August 14th) fell on a Sunday, the Eid Festivals (both of them) have given people nearly a week off in the month of July and September.
Eid ul Fitr Holidays started on Tuesday (July 5th) for some people and on Wednesday (July 6th) for others. However, for all of them, the first working day after Eid was Monday (July 11th) – unless they were part of the workforce that works on Saturdays as well.
Eid ul Adha Holidays offer a similar relief. This year (2016), Eid-ul-Adha holidays are likely to start on Monday (September 12th) and end on Wednesday (September 14th) as per the official announcement till date. Effectively, Pakistanis can enjoy Baqra Eid holidays between September 10th and September 14th – a break of five consecutive days.
If you’re lucky enough to get your holidays approved for the 15th and 16th of September, you can actually enjoy an Eid Holiday of at least 9 days! For what it’s worth, anyone can fall ill on the two days following Eid due to the amount of work and lack of rest during Eid (if you know what we mean ;)).
Yet again, we feel the pain of those who work on Saturdays as well. For them, the spirit of consecutive holidays is almost always destroyed.
This Eid ul Adha 2016 is the ideal time to socialize and get back in touch with long-lost connections. And if you can manage, this time period offers the perfect opportunity to make a trip to someplace you’ve never been and check it off your wishlist.
Another good news in this regard is the announcement of the Pakistan Railway Authorities. On all Three Days of Eid-ul-Azha, keeping up with the spirit of the occasion, they’ve announced a 33% slash in prices, giving you an opportunity to save while you travel.
Could it possibly get any better?
Holidays in October, November and December
If you are wondering what the next three months look like in terms of holidays, here’s what you need to know.
The Ashura Holidays are coming up in October, expected to fall in the middle of the week (October 11th and 12th – Tuesday and Wednesday).
November 9th – Birthday of Allama Iqbal – falls on Wednesday. It’d make a nice break to the week.
December 12th – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Birthday – falls on Monday. This could mean a long weekend for you.
December 25th – Quaid-e-Azam’s Birthday and Christmas – falls on a Sunday. So you can’t expect many holidays at the end of December, unlike the previous year.
Besides these, there are a few localized holidays you might be able to benefit from.
At the moment, however, let the Eid-ul-Azha Holidays take hold of you!
Let us know how you are going to Celebrate Eid ul Adha Holidays this year? Have you checked off anything from your wishlist yet?