Pakistan Day (23rd March)
Pakistan Day is a public holiday celebrated annually on March 23rd in Pakistan.
The day is observed as a public holiday in all federal and provincial government offices, banks and private sectors.
On March 23rd 1940, the Lahore Resolution was passed which paved the way for the creation of Pakistan on August 14th 1947.
In a Muslim League annual session in 1930, Alama Muhammad Iqbal, put forward the ideal of Muslims being a separate nation. Iqbal is accredited for weaving the Two-Nation theory, an ideology that eventually made the creation of Pakistan possible.
Purpose behind the construction of Minar-e-Pakistan
To mark the resolution, the Minar-e-Pakistan was constructed during the 1960s on the site in Iqbal Park where the All-India Muslim League passed the Lahore Resolution.
Pakistan’s national flag is hoisted on public and governmental buildings at dawn on Pakistan Day. A 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in provincial capitals are fired. A change of guard occurs at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam or the, followed by garlands being laid.
Features of Pakistan Day
A main feature of Pakistan Day celebrations is a parade at Constitution Avenue in Islamabad.
An award ceremony is organized where the president gives military and civilian awards to recognize recipients’ achievements and contributions to Pakistan.
Common practices on Pakistan Day
Pakistan Day festivals, parties, national songs and debate competitions are featured throughout the day, which sees many people spend time with families, friends and loved ones. Pakistan Day specials are broadcast on radio and TV. Special prayers are offered for peace and prosperity.
The national flag is flown from all government buildings and departments. Several buildings, including the Lahore Railway Station, WAPDA House, and the Provincial Assembly building, are decorated with lights and colorful bunting to mark Pakistan day.
Award Ceremony On Pakistan Day
During the day, the President confers national awards and medals Presidency. Wreaths are also laid at the mausoleums of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore and Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi.
Is Pakistan Day a public Holiday?
Yes it is a public Holiday, Government offices, banks, post offices, educational institutions and businesses will be closed.