The federal government of Pakistan has officially announced a public holiday to commemorate Iqbal Day on November 9. This decision, conveyed through a notification from the Cabinet Division, ensures Allama Iqbal Day declared a national holiday and will be observed nationwide, putting an end to speculations regarding its status.
Iqbal Day Declared a National Holiday
Iqbal Day celebrated in honor of the renowned philosopher, poet, and visionary Allama Muhammad Iqbal, is a significant cultural and national event in Pakistan. The holiday’s cancellation in 2015 had left many disappointed, but last year, the government made the decision to reinstate it, recognizing the importance of celebrating the life and ideas of Allama Iqbal.
The announcement comes in line with the official list of public holidays for the year 2023, which was published in December of the previous year. This proactive approach by the government helps provide clarity and ensures that citizens can plan and commemorate this special day in their own way.
Allama Iqbal is widely regarded as the national poet of Pakistan and played a pivotal role in shaping the ideology of the nation. His poetry and philosophical writings continue to inspire generations and are celebrated on Iqbal Day with various cultural and educational events, including seminars, poetry recitations, and discussions on his visionary ideas.
The reinstatement of the Iqbal Day holiday is a step towards preserving and promoting the cultural and intellectual heritage of Pakistan. It allows the nation to come together, reflect on the wisdom of Allama Iqbal, and reaffirm their commitment to his ideals.