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Festivals of pakistan adn National Holidays

Shab-e-Barat: Religious festival celebrated on 14th of Shaaban, the 8th Islamic month. Prayers, fire-works, exchange of sweet dishes and visits to relatives and friends.
Depends on Moon sightings
Eid-ul-Fitr: Religious festival celebrating end of fasting month on 1st of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic Calendar Special prayer after sunrise, exchange of sweet dishes, visits. Depends on Moon sightings
Pakistan Day*: Commemorating the anniversary of Pakistan Resolution passed by the Muslims of South Asia on March 23, 1940. Military parades are held at Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Main feature is the grand parade at Islamabad. 23 March
Mela Chiraghan (Festival of lamps); Held for 1 week outside Shalimar Garden, Lahore. Depends on Moon sightings
Horse & Cattle Show: At Dera Ismail Khan. Local games, folk dances, music, cattle races and exhibition of local handicrafts. End of March till 1st week of April
Eid-ul-Azha*: Religious festival commemorating the great sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim. Celebrated on 10 Zilhaj, 12th month of Islamic Calendar. Collective prayers after sunset, sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels and distribution of meat among relatives, friends and poor. Depends on Moon sightings
May Day*: Rallies, processions and meetings held throughout the country. 01 May
Ashura*: Two days mourning on the death anniversary Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H.) on 9th and 10th of Moharram, the first month of Islamic Calendar Processions, rallies and meeting (music prohibited). Depends on Moon sightings
Eid-e-Miland-un-Nabi*: (Birthday of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad, (P.B.U.H.) on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal - the 3rd of month of Islamic Calendar. Depends on Moon sightings
Independence day*: Meeting, processions, rallies, decorations and 14 August illustrations all over the country. 14 August
Defence of Pakistan Day*: Parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Visits to the war memorials. 06 September
Air force Day: Display of latest aircrafts of Pakistan Air force and air shows at Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. 07 September
Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the nation*. 11 September
Lok mela: Folk Festival held at Islamabad. Folk Music, songs music contests, folk dances, craftsmen at work, exhibition and sale of handicrafts. The festival presents a unique opportunity to watch the culture and craft of the whole country at one place. 1st week of October - for one week
Birthday of Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the national Poet*. 09 November
Defence of Pakistan Day*: Parades and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Visits to the war memorials. 06 September
Air force Day: Display of latest aircrafts of Pakistan Air force and air shows at Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta. 07 September
Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the nation*. 11 September

Birthday of Allama Mohammad Iqbal, the national Poet*. 09 November
National Industrial Exhibition Islamabad: Exhibition and sale of Pakistan's industrial products and handicraft items. Middle of November till Middle of December
National Industrial Exhibition Lahore: Held at Fortress Stadium, Lahore. Exhibition and sale of industrial products and handicrafts of Pakistan. November for 15 days
National Horse & Cattle Show Lahore: Held at Fortress Stadium, Lahore, Cattle races, cattle dances, tent-pegging, tattoo show, folk music, dances, bands, cultural floats and folk games. November for 15 days
Christmas and Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam* 25 December2010

* National Holidays

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