Public holidays are national holidays for everyone to take the time off from any work and educational activities to enjoy the days with family and friends. Some of the religious holidays may depend on lunar cycle.
Optional holidays are based on diverse communities living across Pakistan. These holidays are for those communities to celebrate their special religious and cultural events. These are not national holidays.
Employees in government sectors require prior arrangements to take optional holidays. The limit to take these optional holidays per calendar year is up to 1 day off for Muslims and 3 days off for people of other religions.