Holiday Lights

Eid Milad un-Nabi

What’s that?

Eid Milad un-Nabi is the day Muslims celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Eid Milad un-Nabi is celebrated on the 12th day of the Islamic month Rabbi-ul-Awwal.

In Pakistan, this Eid is a public holiday and people celebrate it with utmost respect. Building and homes are lit up like they are during the Christmas holidays in the US and all day people hold religious gatherings to talk about the life and teachings of the Prophet (pbuh).

Many people get together for milads, where they sit and recite naats about the Prophet (pbuh); some people even hold naat competitions to judge who has the better voice. I myself competed in a few as a child and somehow placed in the top three (I do not think I have a good voice at all— at least, not anymore).

On Eid Milad un-Nabi, people make sweets and desserts and distribute amongst family, friends, and especially neighbors to exhibit their happiness for the birth of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

The feeling around town today was of nothing but celebration. Children were happy to be off from school, women were busy cooking kheer and saviyyan, and mosques were hustling and bustling with people offering prayers, reciting naats, and holding milaads. People in our local mosque were reciting naats all day on the loud speakers.

So this was a quick run through on what Eid Milad un-Nabi is.

I, for one, was very excited to see all the lights on the buildings! I felt like a kid again!
I got to go into a small street in downtown Rawalpindi where the local boys had been working for weeks to decorate their homes and small street. They did everything themselves, including figuring out the electrical work (difficult to do in Pakistan) and the designing the deco; the love and dedication is appreciate guys!

The following are pictures of various buildings in RWP and a street in downtown.

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All photos shown were taken by me. All photos are the property of wanderingderwish.wordpress.com.

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