Festivals in Pakistan

 Eid-ul-Fitr:

Eid-ul-Fitr is a religious festival which is celebrated by all over the world Muslims at the end of fasting month, Ramadan on 1st of Shawwal (Month of Islamic calendar). During the month of Ramadan muslims observes fast from dawn to dusk and participate in intense prayers.

Fasting is intended to become physically and mentally strong and remember who are less fortunate. Muslims often donates money & food to poor families.  Eid ul fitr festival is the reward of intense prayers and fasting during Ramadan month.

It is a three days celebration during which time family and friends gather together for long meals, the sharing of gifts, and religious devotion.  Mostly children love this festival and wait for whole year because they get money from everyone called Eidi and gift.

Eid-ul-Azha:

Eid-ul-Azha is a three days celebration when Muslims from all over the world offer a sacrifice by slaughtering a sheep, cow, or goat following the traditional Islamic customs. It is also called the Festival of Sacrifice. The meat from the sacrifice is shared by friends, neighbors, relatives, and also distributed to the poor and needy.

Shab-e-Barat : 

Shab-e-Barat is a religious festival celebrated on 14th of Shaaban (Month of Isamic calendar). The festival of Shab-e-Barat is celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm by Muslims all over the world. Muslims believe that on the night of Shab-e-Barat Allah writes the destinies of all people for the coming year by taking into account the deeds committed by them in the past. On this festival, prayers, fire works, exchange of sweet dishes and visits to friends and families are held .

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi:  

Eid Milad-un Nabi is the birthday of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is celebrated by all the Muslims with religious enthusiasm and solemnity across the world. It falls on the 12th of Rabi’-ul-Awwal every year. This is a day of remembrance for Muslims, marked by prayers and reading of the Holy Quran.

National Festivals:

Pakistan Day:   (23 March) 

Pakistan Day is a momentous milestone in the history of Pakistan movement. This event is held to mark the anniversary of Pakistan Resolution passed by the Muslims of South Asia on March 23, 1940 at Minto Park (now Iqbal Park/ Minar-e-Pakistan), Lahore. The resolution was presented by A. K. Fazlul Huq. The nation commemorates this day with great zeal and enthusiasm, to honor the most outstanding achievement of the Muslims of South Asia who passed the historic Pakistan Resolution resulting in the creation of Pakistan under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah; a homeland where they could live in peace, harmony and in accordance with the tenets of Islam.

Independence Day : (14 August)

This glorious day is a land mark in our history to commemorate the independence of Pakistan. Independence Day is celebrated with zeal and fervor in all parts of the country on August 14 with special events arranged in all big and small towns and rural areas. On this day, meetings, processions and rallies are held all over the country and the whole country is decorated on this day. People from various walks of life decorate their houses with national flags and the buildings, city shopping centres, bazaars and all the main roads are also being adorned with flags and fancy lights.

 Defense of Pakistan Day:   (06 September)

The 6th of September is a golden chapter in the history of Pakistan, when Pakistan, its military and people stood united in 1965 in defense of Pakistan and resolve to halt and beat back Indian multi-dimensional attacks against Pakistan. This historic day is commemorated through parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi.

 

Birthday of Allama Iqbal  (National Peot) (09 November) 

9th November is celebrated as the birthday of the National Poet of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal. The event is celebrated with a lot of debating and poetry contests held at different institutes all over Pakistan.

Birth Anniversary  of Quaid-e-Azam *: (25 December)

This is celebrated on 25th December as the birthday of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam and Christmas. This day is celebrated by the Christian minority and the whole nation.

Cultural Festivals:

Sibi Festival: (Last week of February)

This festival falls in last week of February at Sibi. Traditional sports, handicrafts exhibition, folk music and dances.

Mela Chiraghan (Festival of lamps):

(Last week of March)

Mela Chiraghan (festival of lamps) a mega event for the people of Punjab and especially for Lahorites is celebrated with traditional fervor and activities at the shrine of the renowned Sufi Shah Hussain. This festival is held for 1 week outside the Shalimar Gardens, Lahore. The festival attracts a large number of performing artists who mostly sing Shah Hussain’s kafees and dance to the drums.

 

Shandur Polo Festival    

Traditional polo tournament between the teams of Chitral and Gilgit is being held on the highest polo ground of the world the Shandur Pass (Chitral district). Activities include folk music, folk dances and other competitions. A tent village along Shandur Lake will be set up in cooperation with the local administration.

Lok Mela: (1st week of October, for one week)

The festival presents a unique opportunity to watch the culture and craft of the whole country at one place. This Folk Festival is held for one week at Islamabad. It includes Folk Music, songs, music contests, folk dances, craftsmen at work, exhibition and sale of handicrafts.

 

National Horse & Cattle Show Lahore: 

(3rd week of November )

This show is Held at Fortress Stadium Lahore. You can see country heritage, Cattle races, cattle dances, tent-pegging, tattoo show, folk music, dances, bands, cultural floats and folk games.

The show has been described as an eloquent expression of Pakistan’s heritage and an authentic account of its agricultural and industrial achievement’s. It is held in Lahore Fortress stadium at the end of February or at First week of March. The fortress stadium, the venue of the show is thronged by active participants, foreign visitors and peoples who watch the festival with great enthusiasm, verve and aplomb.

 

A large number of them are interested in watching and appreciating the best breeds of livestock. Many derive pleasure by watching other activities such as display parade of animals, dances by horses and camels, polo matches, tent pegging, dog shows and their races, vaudeville acts of stuntmen, mass display of military band, rhythmically physical exercise by the children.

 

Tastefully decorated industrial floats and torch light tattoo shows. Additional attractions include a subtle interplay of lights to weave enticing patterns at night and breath taking acts by foreign groups. The show began as a modest exhibition organized by the army to project the cattle wealth of the country in the early fifties.

 

Today it is an international event to which come dignitaries from abroad and visitors and foreign tourists. The organizing committee comprises representatives of a number of agencies including army, rangers, LMC schools, the police, industrialists and the art councils.

SIBI MELA(03 Days) 

Sibi Mela offers the culture and traditions of Balochistan. Horse and Cattle show, local handicrafts and sports are attraction of Sibi Mela. Sibi is city of Balochistan which 110 Miles from Queta.

 

Sindh Horse & Cattle Show: (Last week of February)  

Sindh horse and Cattle show is held every year At Jacobabad (Sindh). This event is full of colors and showing the culture/ Traditions of Sindh province Pakistan. You will experience Traditional sports, Handicrafts, Jewelery and arts exhibitions, Horse and Cattle show and dances. The races of camels, bulls and horse are amazing part of this event and lot of things.

 

Jashan-e-Larkana:      (Last week of February)

This event is held At Larkana (Sindh) on last week of February. This Mela is popular amongst locals. You can see Traditional sports, exhibition of handicrafts, folk music and dances.

 

Nauroze:  (21-23 March)

Pakistan has too much colors and diversity. Nauroze is Celebrated in Gilgit Baltistan where locals shows their games and culture/Traditions. Polo, football is being played and unique folk dances and music is pride of Baltistani people.

 

Chilam Joshi Festival.

Chilam Joshi festival is very popular amongst local and international tourists. Festival celebrated in month of May in beautiful Kalash valley Pakistan. This festival is celebrated to welcoming spring. Kalasha people are famous for their unique living style, colorful dresses and Traditions. They love dancing on beat of drums. On festival Both men and women make circle and enjoy the music. In every season they arrange different festival to thank their God.

 

Christmas:  (25 December)

Christmas is public holiday in Pakistan. Christian people celebrate it freely. Mostly Christian’s areas and bazaar decorated. Gifts and cake exchange between Muslims and Christians. Churches are full mid night and whole day.  The Christian greeting in urdu Language Bhara Din Mubarak ho means the blessing of Christmas on you.

 

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