Society and Norms: Holidays - Secular

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Yom-e-Pakistan (Pakistan Day), celebrated on the 23rd of March, commemorates the passage of the 1940 Resolution of the All India Muslim League. This Resolution was a demand for a separate independent state for the Muslims of South Asia. This day also celebrates the adoption of the Pakistani constitution in 1956.

Yom-e-Istiqlal (Independence Day), commemorates Pakistan's independence from the United Kingdom on August 14, 1947.

Yom-e-Mazdoor (Labor Day), celebrated on the 1st of May, is similar to America's Labor Day.

Yom-e-Difa (Defense Day), celebrated on the 6th of September, commemorates the start of the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War (also known as the Second Kashmir War). This holiday has come to resemble an Armed Forces Day.

Quaid-e-Azam ki Yom-e-Wafaath (Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam), celebrated on the 11th of September, commemorates the death Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was an influential Muslim leader at the time of Ghandi. During the ethnic strife between Hindus and Muslims in the 1940s, Mohammad Ali Jinnah rallied for Muslim unity which eventually resulted in the Muslim state of Pakistan. 

Yom-e-Iqbal, celebrated on the 9th of November, commemorates the birthday of the national poet Muhammad Iqbal.

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