In Pakistan, the majority Sunni Muslim population celebrates Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday on 12 Rabi al-Awwal, while the minority Shias keep up festivities on 17 Rabi. The official public holiday follows the Sunni calculation.
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Eid Milad un-Nabi, “festival of the birth of the prophet”, begins officially in Pakistan with a 31 gun salute issued in the national capital (Islamabad) and with 21 gun salutes from the various province-level capitals.
The flag of Pakistan is then ceremonially raised on all public buildings, and private buildings will be decked out with lights and festive decor.
All over the country, there are colourful parades, special mosque services, forums on the life and teachings of Muhammad, and Koranic recitation contests with prizes. Families also feast together at home, and many donate food, money, and other gifts to the poor and needy.