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Top 10 Biggest Annual Events of Pakistan

Top 10 Biggest Annual Events of Pakistan

By Arfa Zahid


Events and festivals are the beautiful celebration that makes a nation follow its values and culture. Pakistani people celebrate different events and festivals to promote their culture by sharing and revising the reasons for events that took place. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated in Pakistan. Each nation has its own society. In the same way being an independent nation, Pakistan, comprises very diversified cultures. Pakistani society is a mixture of distinctive areas and tribes, for example, Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun Khan and Balochistan. If we talk about food, lifestyle or clothing, the culture of Pakistan is of its matchless superiority. The Pakistani nation is very close to its culture and celebrates cultural festivals with great zeal. There are some festivals, which are celebrated nation wise with full unity but if we focus on provinces of Pakistan, every province has its different culture and they celebrate different festivals and also being an Islamic Republic Nation, religious festivals are celebrated with great fun and enthusiasm. Let’s have a detailed look on the list of some religious festivals which are celebrated in overall Pakistan:



This beautiful festival is celebrated on 1st shawal, after the Islamic month Ramadan. People celebrate this Eid by preparing delicious food, as following the fasting month. It is a 3 days festival at the end of Ramzan as it is all included with cultural and social activities. 



Eid-ul-Azha is another Eid that is about observing the great sacrifice that was offered by Prophet Abraham (A.S.) celebrated on 10 Zilhaj on 12thmonth of Islamic Calendar. People get together for collective prayers in masjids and make sacrifices of  goats, sheep, cows or camels. Their meat is distributed among the family, relatives, friends and poor’s.



Eid Milad-u-Nabi

Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated to observe the birth of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal which is the 3rd month of Islamic Calendar. On this holy day, streets and mosques are decorated and Milad’s are conducted.



Shandur Polo Festival:

Shandur Polo Festival is an amazing festival celebrated by the tribes of Gilgit and Chitral in the northern area of Pakistan. The tribes from the region of Gilgit- Baltistan and Chitral meet at Shandur pass every summer. This pass has a beautiful polo ground where unique wild free style polo is played between different teams. This polo ground is considered to be the highest polo ground in the world. This ground is adjacent to Shandur lake. 




The Basant festival is held at the end of winter season and arrival of spring. It is celebrated in the entire country that is all added with flying kites all over the Punjab. This festival starts at midnight when the white kites flying in the sky are light in the midst of millions of flood lights from every rooftop.



International Malam Jabba ski Tournament

International Malam Jabba ski Tournament is a ski resort situated in the Hindu Kush range of the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan at a top elevation of 2,804 meters (9,199 ft). The resort is located in Malam Jabba village, 40 kilometers east of Saidu Sharif and 314 kilometers northwest of Islamabad. It is the largest and oldest ski resort in Pakistan.  International ski tournament — Alpine International Cup — would be held at the picturesque Malam Jabba top in scenic Swat valley in the last week of January.



Sibi Mela

The Sibi Mela is an annual cultural show held in Sibi, in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. The first Sibi Mela was held in Sibi in January 1885. It has subsequently developed into a cultural festival, with animal markets, camel racing, tent pegging and exhibitions of handicrafts, tribal dresses and folk dances.



Independence Day:

Independence Day is observed annually on 14 August, is a national holiday in Pakistan, commemorating the day when Pakistan achieved independence and was declared a sovereign nation, following the end of the British Raj in 1947. This day is celebrated with zeal and zest by the entire nation.



Defense Day:

6th September, is known as the Pakistan Defense Day, where Pakistanis remember and celebrate the sacrifices of our army men, and their successful attempt at keeping our civil areas protected!