holiest month of the Islamic Calendar. It is widely observed in
Pakistan during which muslim Pakistanis (consisting around 97% of
population) fast, attend mosques with increased frequency and recite
Quran. Special foods are cooked in greater quantities, parties are
held and special accommodation is made by workplaces and educational
The two Eids, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha commemorate the passing of
the month of fasting, Ramadan, and the willingness of Ibrahim to
sacrifice his son Ishmael for God. During these days there are
national holidays and many festivals and events take place to
celebrate Eid. As Pakistan is a Muslim state, there are three days off
for all businesses and Government offices.
Milaad un Nabi
Milaad un Nabi is a known religious festival which is celebrated in
many parts of Pakistan. The Milaad is the celebration for the birthday
of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
In Pakistan, the first ten days of Muharram are observed officially.
The 10th of Muharram is celebrated in the memory of Hussain, the
grandson of Muhammad, who was killed, along with 72 family members,
friends and followers during the Battle of Karbala. It is celebrated
mainly among the Shia community of Pakistan.
Kites on display before Basant festival in LahoreMain article: Basant
Jashn-e-Baharan also referred to as Basant is a pre-Islamic Punjabi
festival that marks the coming of spring. Celebrations in Pakistan are
centered in Lahore and people from all over the country and abroad
come to the city for the annual festivities. Kite flying competitions
take place all over the city's rooftops during Basant. The fertile
province of Punjab was intimately tied via its agriculture to the
different seasons of the year. The arrival of Spring was an important
event for all farmers and was welcomed with a celebration, hence the
origins of Jashn (celebration) Baharan (spring).