Festivals in Pakistan.
Religious festival celebrated on 14th of Shaaban, the 8th Islamic month.
works, exchange of sweet dishes and visits.
Religious festival celebrating end of fasting month on 1st of Shawwal,
month of Islamic Calendar. Special prayer after sun-rise, exchange of
(Last week of February)
At Sibi (Balochistan). Traditional sports, handicrafts exhibition, folk music
Sindh Horse & Cattle Show:
(Last week of February)
At Jacobabad (Sindh). Similar activities as in Sibi Festival.
(Last week of February) At Larkana
(Sindh). Traditional sports, exhibition of handicrafts, folk music and dances.
With the advent of spring Basant Festival is celebrated with pomp and show in
February every year in Lahore. In other words this is the spring festival.
Alleging that kite flying is a Hindu event is also sheer ignorance. The sport
in China about 5000 years ago, when Hinduism was in non existent. Why single out
kite-flying then, especially when it is a source of joy for the old and the
young men and
women? The simple reason is that Hindu at Basant Festival fly kites for
With times Muslims who were living together with Hindus in the sub-continent
them in kite-flying. Since then Muslims are taking participation in just
the time of Basant connotating it as Pala Urant. Now a days people of Lahore
enjoy it by
kite flying competition and by visiting the shrine of saint Madho Lal Hussein,
assemble to pay their benediction.
Lahore is becoming the main focal point for the celebration of this festival in
People traditionally fly kites on the roofs of their buildings. It is commonly
that rest houses, hotels and house of relatives of the participants are fully
guests from all over the country. Moreover some five star hotels also arrange
function on their roof top for foreigners and other high class gentry. They
variety of dishes with musical concert. Sometimes Lahorities on this occasion
emotional and in this state create law and order problems for the
administration. Some of
them use metal thread for kite-flying. Their such a deed oftenly imposes,
threat, a serious problem for WAPDA when the thread touches the live wires.
In spite of the fact Basant Festival which has no links with the Muslim culture
very popular and being celebrated in Lahore regularly every year with zeal and
Celebrated only in Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Chitral. Polo, foot-ball,
hockey matches, folk dances and music.
Pakistan Day *:
Commemorating the anniversary of Pakistan Resolution passed on March 23, 1940.
parade at provincial capitals and Islamabad.
Mela Chiraghan (Festival of lamps):
(Last week of March)
Held for 01 week outside Shalimar Gardens, Lahore.
Horse & Cattle Show:
(End of March till 1st week of April).
At Dera Ismail Khan. Local games, folk dances, music, cattle races and
exhibition of local
(In April for 01 week)
At Shikarpur, Sindh. Cultural activities, local sports and handicrafts
Religious festival commemorating the great sacrifice offered by Prophet Abraham.
Celebrated on 10 Zilhaj, 12th month of Islamic Calendar. Collective prayers
after sun set,
sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels and distribution of meat among
friends and poor.
Joshi or Chilimjusht:
Kalash festival of welcoming spring, held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Folk
music and exchange of dishes.
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). Allied
include fold music, folk dances and other competitions. A tent village along
will be set up in cooperation with the local administration.
A harvest festival, celebrated by Kalash people in Kalash Valleys, Chitral.
Birth Anniversary of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (P.B.U.H). on 12th of
Rabi-ul-Awwal - the 3rd
month of Islamic Calendar.
Independence Day *:
Meeting, processions, rallies, decorations and illustrations all over the
Defense of Pakistan Day:
Parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar,
Karachi. Visits to the war memorials. (No national holiday except Armed Forces)
Air force Day:
Display of latest aircraft of Pakistan Air force and air shows at Rawalpindi,
Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
(20 - 25 September)
Held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Reaping grapes and walnuts, dancing and
(1st week of October, for one week)
Folk Festival held at Islamabad. Folk Music, songs, music contests, folk
at work, exhibition and sale of handicrafts. The festival presents a
opportunity to watch the culture and craft of the whole country at one place.
Held in Kalash Valleys near Chitral. Welcoming of winter with first snow-fall.
restrict to indoor.
Karakoram Car Rally:
A colorful closing/award giving ceremony was held in Hunza Valley. Prizes,
certificates were distributed among the ralliers. SAF-International Karakoram
was also planned for year 2001, but it was postponed. International Karakoram
has been proposed to be held during the month of November in 2002 as part of the
International Year of Mountains celebrations
Birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal:
National Poet * .
National Industrial Exhibition Islamabad:
Exhibition and sale of Pakistans industrial products and handicraft items
National Industrial Exhibition Lahore:
(3rd week of November for 15 days)
Held at Fortress Stadium, Lahore. Exhibition and sale of industrial
handicrafts of Pakistan.
National Horse & Cattle Show Lahore:
(3rd week of November for 05 days )
Held at Fortress Stadium, Lahore. Cattle races, cattle dances, tent-pegging,
folk music, dances, bands, cultural floats and folk games.
The show has been described as an eloquent expression of Pakistan's heritage
authentic account of its agricultural and industrial achievement's. It is held
Fortress stadium at the end of February or at First week of March. The fortress
the venue of the show is thronged by active participants, foreign visitors and
watch the festival with great enthusiasm, verve and aplomb.
A large number of them are interested in watching and appreciating the best
livestock. Many derive pleasure by watching other activities such as display
animals, dances by horses and camels, polo matches, tent pegging, dog shows and
races, vaudeville acts of stuntmen, mass display of military band, rhythmically
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
breath taking acts by foreign groups. The show began as a modest exhibition
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
foreign tourists. The organizing committee comprises representatives of a
agencies including army, rangers, LMC schools, the police, industrialists and
Christmas and Birth Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam
*: (25 DecemberA
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