Celebration of New Year in Pakistan is a mix of cultures, religions and ethnicity. Though the Muslims celebration of New Year is according to their Islamic calendar, global trend is followed on January 1st. Observation of New Year according to the Christian calendar, many Pakistanis welcome the upcoming Year with great celebrations, festivities and a lot of prayers for the prosperity of the country.
The celebrations of New Year vary widely throughout the region of Pakistan. It is really because Pakistan is as diverse culturally as it is geologically. This is why New Year celebrations range from particular prayers, religious congregations to the private celebrations including the dance parties along with sweets and lavish food. People of Pakistan let the celebration of New Year be such that according to their belief and value system proceeds with the prayers and celebrations.
People in Pakistan let these celebrations take place with sermons in the mosque for the prosperity of the country. We, as the Islamic nation hold our religious morals high in any event; be it the New Year celebration. Nevertheless, the minorities celebrate the New Year too with zest and joy. Prayers are also held on the New Year’s Eve for the peace and stability of the nation.
With the advent of a global culture, New Year celebrations also include parties, cultural and festival shows, concerts, celebrity shows that have gained popularity in Pakistan since a few years. People in Pakistan prefer to go out with friends and family on this day, visit their loved ones, exchange a few gifts and also intend to follow their New Year resolution.
January 1st is an optional holiday in Pakistan. Though, it is not a public holiday, banks are given off on the New Year. The public schools along with private ones, business organizations tend to remain closed on the New Year’s Day. However, television and newspaper continue with their celebration of the New Year by telecasting and publishing special articles and shows for the entertainment of people in Pakistan. Radio jockeys also prepare special shows for people who plan to go for long drives; can enjoy the New Year shows and remain connected with the rest of the nation.
New Year celebration like everywhere else in the world is considered as a day of joy and happiness for everyone to begin a new journey in life with more struggle and hope for the better future.