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Events in Pakistan 2/2002
Sibi Festival: (Last week of February) At Sibi
(Balochistan). Traditional sports, handicrafts
exhibition, folk music and dances.
Sindh Horse & Cattle Show: (Last week of
February) At Jacobabad (Sindh). Similar activities
as in Sibi Festival.
Jashan-e-Larkana: (Last week of February) At
Larkana (Sindh). Traditional sports, exhibition of
handicrafts, folk music and dances.
Nauroze: (21-23 March)Celebrated only in
Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Chitral. Polo, foot-ball,
volley-ball and hockey matches, folk dances and
Pakistan Day*: (23 March) Commemorating the
anniversary of Pakistan Resolution passed on March
23, 1940. Military parade at provincial capitals and
Mela Chiraghan (Festival of lamps): (Last week of
March) Held for 01 week outside Shalimar Gardens,
Horse & Cattle Show: (End of March till 1st week
of April)At Dera Ismail Khan. Local games, folk
dances, music, cattle races and exhibition of local
handicrafts. 10. Jashan-e-Shikarpur: (In
April for 01 week)At Shikarpur, Sindh. Cultural
activities, local sports and handicrafts exhibition.
Eid-ul-Azha*: (11-12 March 2001)Religious festival
commemorating the great sacrifice offered by Prophet
Abraham. Celebrated on 10 Zilhaj, 12th month of
Islamic Calendar. Collective prayers after sun set,
sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels and
distribution of meat among relatives, friends and
Joshi or Chilimjusht: (14-15 May) Kalash festival of
welcoming spring, held in Kalash Valleys near
Chitral. Folk dances, music and exchange of dishes.
Shandur Polo Festival (July 7 - 9,
2001)Traditional polo tournament between the teams
of Chitral and Gilgit is being held on the highest
polo ground of the world - The Shandur Pass (Chitral
district). Allied activities include fold music,
folk dances and other competitions. A tent village
along Shandur Lake will be set up in cooperation
with the local administration.
Utchal: (15-16 July)A harvest festival, celebrated
by Kalash people in Kalash Valleys, Chitral.
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi*: (last week of June,
2000)(Birthday of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad,p.b.u.h.
on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal - the 3rd month of Islamic
Independence Day*: (14 August) Meeting, processions,
rallies, decorations and illustrations all over the
Defense of Pakistan Day: (06 September) Parades
and exhibitions of military equipment at Rawalpindi,
Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi. Visits to the
war memorials. (No national holiday except Armed
Forces)18. Airforce Day: (07 September) Display
of latest aircraft of Pakistan Airforce and air
shows at Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Peshawar and
Phool: (20-25 September) Held in Kalash
Valleys near Chitral. Reaping grapes and walnuts,
dancing and singing.
Lok Mela: (1st week of October, for one week)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.
Chowmas: (18-21 October)Held in Kalash Valleys
near Chitral. Welcoming of winter with first
snow-fall. Activities restrict to indoor.
Karakoram Car Rally (3-8 Nov, 2000) PTDC Rally from
Islamabad to Khunjerab Pass (the highest point -
4733 m above sea level). A closing event will be
held in Hunza Valley.
Birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, national
National Industrial Exhibition Islamabad: (May 20
June 10, 2000)Exhibition and sale of
Pakistans industrial products and handicraft
National Industrial Exhibition Lahore:(3rd week of
November for 15 days) Held at Fortress Stadium,
Lahore. Exhibition and sale of industrial products
and handicrafts of Pakistan.
National Horse & Cattle Show Lahore: (3rd
week of November for 05 days ) Held at Fortress
Stadium, Lahore. Cattle races, cattle dances,
tent-pegging, tattoo show, folk music, dances,
bands, cultural floats and folk games.
Christmas and Birthday of Quaid-e-Azam*: (25