January 13, 2022

Festivals of Pakistan

Festivals are a celebration of values and culture. In addition, it is an opportunity for everyone to get out and have fun as a community. Many types of festivals are celebrated worldwide, and Pakistan is no exception! However, not all festivals are alike. All this variety reflects cultures getting together and forming something different from their own but still celebrating their importance. Around the world, we see that even public holidays (like Labor Day) or celebrations of political systems become diverse cultural events.

However, if we look at the past, Pakistani festivals are a fraction of today. With globalization, exposure to other cultures has come, so we borrowed some beloved cultural celebrations from the West from our history. If we talk about the basic foundation for this nation, its still Islam; Islam was founded on two beautiful customs; Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Pakistan is a beautiful land of diverse people and ethnicities.

 Pakistan has been blessed with many different cultural events, celebrations, and festivals over the years. You can find a variety of religious and cultural holidays throughout the calendar year here. While some holiday celebrations are unique to this country alone, others are similar to other worldwide traditions.

 One popular tradition in Pakistan that brings families together during the holiday includes shooting fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Whether or not you’re celebrating these customs. There are plenty of customs to be observed within every society; we want to remind you that each nation has its own set of social rules, which you should observe when visiting cafes, restaurants, or food establishments in this country. Generally, festivals can be divided into two subgroups: Religious and cultural festivals. Within these subgroups, there is even more division! So let’s look at each category in-depth:

  • Eid-ul-Fitr: 

Muslims happily celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan on the first day of the Islamic month of Survival. During this festive period, Muslims watch congressional prayers and greet each other. People go out in groups to places like parks and fairs to watch fireworks together. Older people give their children treats like money, clothes and more!

After fasting throughout Ramadan, citizens prepare delicious food for friends and family – especially delicious sweets like cakes, ladoos, and more! They make new clothes for themselves just for Eid. Eid is a celebration that brings a lot of happiness as families gather together to eat more than once, which teaches people to show patience during tough times and share affection with those they hold dear!

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid ul Fitr every year during Ramadan. On this particular day, Muslims gather together, offer prayers, and greet one another in celebration. They also enjoy festive meals with family and friends, and often children receive money in the form of a gift from their elders! After 30 days of fasting in honor of Allah’s blessing the month with daily food, it’s only appropriate to celebrate such an occasion by expressing gratitude through others.

Muslims don’t just set aside time for spending with loved ones but also treasure this time by dressing up for the special occasion and making new attire for themselves, which expresses joy during Eid. While usually it is frowned upon to have debts from previous years unresolved during this festival that celebrates a fresh start, everyone takes time out to be forgiving towards each other; an important life lesson to learn if we can accept forgiveness with open arms rather than seeking revenge when wronged.

  • Eid-ul-Adha:

Muslims celebrate Eid ul Adha after the Haj, which is performed during the 10th day of the Islamic month of Zilhaj. The essence of this observance is to promote and look for ways to revitalize the spirit of sacrifice by following the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), known as ‘father’ to Muslims throughout the world. He was well-known for his strong faith, sincerity, kindness, and generosity to all people. Remembering him this way will surely benefit our community today as it did centuries ago.

Eid ul Adha involves congressional prayers, and people greet each other happily and peacefully. They visit their neighbors, friends, and family on holidays like this one because they’re appreciated more than other days throughout the year! It’s one of those rare occasions where families share a meal. They make new clothes or buy what they need to wear on such an occasion. Sometimes they even buy new furniture for their homes if they can afford it!

Muslims distribute meat among those in need. Muslims make new clothes and make different dishes as per Islamic guidance. People go out with friends, family, and relatives for picnics or outings.

  • Eid-Milad un Nabi:

Eid Milad un Nabi is celebrated throughout the Muslim world on Rabiul Awal 12th. Those who follow the teachings of Muhammad appreciate the significance of this date (12th of Rabiul Awal) as it was on this date that he was born from his mother, Amina Bint Wahab, in Makkah Shareef, Saudi Arabia. During this holiday, Muslim congregations present recitations of the Quran and preach about his life in gatherings held at homes, mosques, and public spaces such as schools and markets.

Muslims also decorate their surroundings with lights and stars to show their respect for the Prophet (PBUH). He is believed to be a perfect example for humanity to follow. Mehfil e Naat nights are held where Muslims recite Naats and other Islamic poems to praise the Prophet (PBUH). Muslims across Pakistan decorate their homes with candles and lights to mark the Mubarak occasion. It can be a great source of inspiration to Muslims and all people in general.

  • Shab e Miraj:

While the holy month of Ramadan is filled with a lot of blessings and exceptional opportunities, the night that comes directly before Eid-ul-Fitr is considered by many to be one of the holiest nights. It’s on this night that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would be given revelations from Allah through the angel Gabriel too. Many powerful lessons are taught under what is referred to as Laylat ul-Qadr. It is known as the memorable night of power because it was on this day that angel Gabriel took him to meet his Creator, and they visited many places in the heavens.

  • Nowruz:

Nowruz is a Persian festival. Communities across Pakistan celebrate it with great zeal and excitement. It marks the start of the New Year as per the ancient calendar, which falls on March 21st. People play music and perform traditional dances during Nawruz celebrations. People make different food items as part of the Nowruz celebrations. Friends, families, relatives visit each other and exchange gifts that include new clothes, money, jewelry, and other items like fruits or even pets! Kids also receive gifts during Nowruz called Shagun that includes sweets or treats! Elders gift children with Eidi – money given to kids on this day specifically instead of other festivals when they receive gifts from elders known as Haft-Seen rather!

  • Basant:

Basant is celebrated annually by Hindus, Muslims, Jains, and Sikhs in the middle of February. People from India and Pakistan celebrate this festival to thank Lord Ganesha for clearing away all that is impure from the old year and sending us in the new one with a fresh slate. This festival represents new beginnings in life and death rituals for ancestors in some communities. It is also celebrated as a feast for deities by making special food items such as “prasad.”

  • Independence Day:

The nation gets to continue its commemoration of the 70 years of independence voted by the thousands and thousands of people present at the Red Fort, India. We saw in full flow the best parade with motorcyclists dazzling through with green flags, drummers leading them all playing their sharp drums to awake and energy up every viewer.

This occasion has been created throughout many movies that showcase bravery against enemies. People have decorated their homes all around Pakistan, celebrating this day with the choicest of dishes and spicy taste as free Independence Day Snacks are provided by the late Nawaz Sharif government for school kids on given days throughout Pakistan.

  • Holi:

Hindus celebrate Holi, a day of hope, happiness, and love. From early in the morning, friends and family members gather to playfully douse each other with colorful paints while they sing, dance, and parade down the streets clapped by neighbors. The symbolic demonstration is a cultural reminder that good triumphs over evil as the festival ends with friends and families complementing one another on their outfits before returning home for special meals, which are then enjoyed together.

  • Festivals for Christians:

In Pakistan, many people are adherents of the Christian faith. Many of them celebrate Christmas and Easter, their significant holidays. Many Roman Catholics arrange rituals related to these festivals at main churches and homes.


Festivals are unforgettable celebrations that define a culture and people. They allow the participating nations to share their values, customs, and beliefs by reviving and remodeling old traditions. All these festivals bring the people of Pakistan together and let them share peace, and love.

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