Lahore is a richest cultural city in Pakistan and is known for its rich culture, indomitable zest for living and hospitable people across the world. A large number of festive celebrations continue in metropolitan city of Lahore throughout the year. Lahorites always welcome their religious, national, seasonal and cultural festivals. Therefore Lahore is not just a city, it is more like a feeling and cast a magic on tourists.
The biggest and worldly well-known festivals of Lahore are Basant and Jashn-e-Baharaan, Mela Chiraghan (the festival of lights), the National Horse and Cattle show and World Performing Arts Festival. Jashn-e-Baharaan and Basant are amazing festivals onset of Spring season. They are held in February each year and all the activities are spread over a couple of weeks. Basant is a Punjabi festival and celebrated with kite flying competitions all over the city. Lahorites organize parties on decorated roof tops and colorful kites of all shapes and sizes are flown on strings. People prefer to dress up in yellow and special Basant dishes are cooked at every home. unfortunately, kite flying has been banned in Lahore for last few years due to the deaths and major accidents caused by the frequent use of deadly wires to fly the kites. Lahorites and foreign tourist greatly miss this festival.
In addition, Eid festivals such as Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha are also celebrated with religious enthusiasm. The people of Lahore show great religious esteem on Shab-e-Barat and Shab-e-Miraj as well.
On the Day of Independence, Lahore is decorated like a bride and you can see the patriotic spirit in everyone. National flags are waved at every building and rooftop of every home.
Lahore is also famous for “Data ki Nagri” and the ceremony of Hazrat Data Ali Hajweri’s three day long annual Urs is participated by religious scholars, qaris and eminent spiritual leaders. On the whole, festivals of Lahore do grip one’s heart and relationship with this city and its spirit has always been there and nothing can ever break it!