Pakistan is a country that is home to many popular festivals. The most common ones are Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha, and Easter.
Pakistan has a rich culture with many festivals that reflect the diverse cultures of the people living in Pakistan. People celebrate these festivals with great zeal and enthusiasm. Pakistan’s traditional festivals have been a part of the country’s culture for centuries. They are a time for people to enjoy festivities with family and friends.
Festivals are a great way to get together with friends, family, and loved ones. Check out our list of the most popular festivals in Pakistan.
Eid ul Fitr
Eid al Adha
Silk Route Festival
Shandur Polo Festival
Lok Virsa Folk Festival
1. Eid ul Fitr
Eid ul Fitr is the Islamic festival celebrated in Pakistan. It is a day of thanksgiving for the end of Ramadan and it marks the start of Shawwal, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Eid ul Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal. The festival lasts for three days and includes prayers, visits to relatives and friends, gifts giving, and feasting.
2. Eid al Adha
Eid al Adha is a Muslim festival that celebrates the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al Adha has many different names in different countries and regions. It is also known as “Greater Eid”, “Festival of Sacrifice”.The religious festival is one day long and marks the end of Hajj, commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. It is considered a very happy occasion and Muslims all over the world celebrate it.
Muharram is the Islamic month of mourning and repentance. It is observed by Muslims worldwide, but the most important days are those that commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, which are marked by processions, self-flagellation, recitations of the Quran, and other religious acts. Muharram is a popular festival in Pakistan. It is celebrated with great fervor and zeal across the country. The celebrations start with a procession on the 10th day of Muharram.
4. Miladun Nabi
Miladun Nabi is a popular festival celebrated in Pakistan. It is an Islamic holiday that commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). Miladun Nabi festival also known as the Prophet’s Birthday is a major Islamic holiday celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi’ul Awwal (the third month in the lunar Islamic calendar).
Shab-e-Barat is the most important and celebrated festival in the Muslim world. Shab-e-Barat is a day of fasting from dawn to dusk. Muslims fast during this period for spiritual growth, self-control, and empathy for those who are less fortunate than them.
The Shab-e-Barat Festival has been celebrated since at least the 8th century AD when it was known as Shabe Barat Day. The name translates to “the night of blessing.” In many Muslim countries, Shab-e Barat falls on the first day of Ramadan, which begins with the sighting of the new moon.
6. Mela Chiraghan
The Mela Chiraghan is a famous festival in Pakistan. It is held on the occasion of the death anniversary of Shah Hussain, a Sufi saint who was born in Baghbanpura Lahore. The Mela Chiraghan festival has been celebrated for centuries and it is believed that at this time, people can communicate with the departed saints.