Pakistan has got a rich and vibrant culture which is famous throughout the world for its many festivals and joyous occasions, and the Pakistani youth knows how to celebrate them all with enthusiasm.

We have got an array of different festivals; some of them have got to do with religion, some with history, some with our rich culture etc. From Eid to the Independence Day, none of the celebrations are spared.

The most prominent and celebrated festival is Eid-ul-fitr that occurs right after the month of Ramadan. It is also called the “sweet eid” because on this occasion people make many scrumptious desserts like “kheer”, “halwa”, “sheer khurma” and enjoy the delicious festivity after fasting for about 30 days.

For children, the arrival of Eid is music to the ears because they get to refill their purses with the loads of eidi they receive from their relatives. The entire family gets together and spends the days celebrating. Eid-ul-fitr lasts for three days.

Similarly, the Eid-ul-Azha in which one or more sacrificial animals are brought from the animal market and sacrificed. The meat is shared with the poor and the relatives. The fun part is the BBQ which many people have with their family and friends. People prepare delicious foods of all kinds.

Then there is Independence Day. The 1st of August marks the beginning of preparations for the celebrations. The streets are decorated with mini flags and green and white stripes; the colour of the Pakistani flag. People decorate their houses showing their enthusiasm and love for their mother land.

Big flags are hoisted on buildings and houses all around the country. Some buildings are decorated with small colorful lights which present a beautiful picture when lit at night. The air echoes with patriotic songs and slogans.

The top ten festivals of Pakistan are:

⦁ Eid-ul-Fitr
⦁ Eid-ul-Adha
⦁ Eid Milad-un-Nabi
⦁ Basant
⦁ Independence Day (14th august)
⦁ Pakistan Day ( 23rd march)
⦁ Defence Day (6th September)
⦁ Shandur polo festival
⦁ Lok Mela festival (Islamabad)
⦁ Horse and cattle show

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