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Although Karachi’s calendar features a majority of Muslim religious festivals, the city also offers a number of other events and festivals either in memory of National Heroes or to commemorate political or cultural events. A few of them are as follows:

The All Pakistan Music Conference - Karachi Annual Festival

The All Pakistan Music Conference organizes the annual Festival at the National Academy of Performing Arts, Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi. It offers seminars and performances of classical and folk music and dances too. This festival is a grand celebration of music that offers performances of some great maestros.

Some of the religious festivals and public holidays are listed below:


This religious festival celebrates the end of fasting month. Muslims recite their special prayer after sun-rise, exchange sweet dishes and visit their friends and relatives. It is held on 1st of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic Calendar.


It is a religious festival celebrated by prayers, fire works, exchange of sweet dishes and visits. It is held on 14th of Shaaban, the 8th Islamic month.


It is a religious festival that commemorates the great sacrifice offered by Prophet Abraham. The festival features collective prayers after sun set, sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels and distribution of meat among relatives, friends and poor people. It is held on 10 Dhu al-Hijjah, 12th and final month of Islamic Calendar.

Pakistan Day

This day is celebrated as the anniversary of Pakistan Resolution passed on March 23, 1940. On Pakistan day, military parades are arranged in Islamabad as well as in the provincial capitals of country. It is held on March 23rd.


It is a birth anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad. It is held on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal - the 3rd month of Islamic Calendar.

Iqbal Day

Iqbal Day commemorates the birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal who is well-known as a national poet of Pakistan. It is organized and celebrated on 9th November every year.

Independence Day

The people of Pakistan celebrate Independence Day by hosting meetings, processions, rallies, decorations and illustrations all over the country on 14th August every year.

Defence of Pakistan Day

The day commemorates the military's role and importance in the protection of Pakistan. One can watch and enjoy the parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. It is held on 6th September every year.