Diwali, Lohri and Mahashivrati

On January 25, 2019 Auqaf, Hajj, Religious & Minority Affairs Department organized a gathering to celebrate Diwali, Lohri and Mahashivrati festivals with devotion to bring the people of different communities under one roof while spreading the message of unity and harmony world-wide, giving the basic  rights of minorities to exercise their religious and cultural festivals. The activity was held at Nishtar Hall, Peshawar

 

On this occasion, more than 700 hundred people from Hindu community attended the event. The participants performed puja and bhjan quire. Different kinds of performances were staged out in order to entertain the attendees of the program; thus allowing the minorities to take part in recreational activities.

 

Different Government officials attended the event including MNA’s and MPA’s. The chief guests included Deputy Speaker of Provincial Assembly Mehmood Jan and Kamran Bangash special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Science & Information Technology. Minority MPA’s and MNA’s also attended the event including Ravi Kumar and Wazir Zada.

 

The day symbolized love and harmony among people of Pakistan irrespective of their religion, class and creed; giving a message of a tolerant and secular Pakistan. Such events are an opportunity to share joy with each other in order to promote interfaith harmony at grass roots level.

 

All the participants were welcomed, national anthem was sung and the event started with a welcome note to Chief Guest Mr. Mehmood Jan, Deputy Speaker Provincial Assembly.

 

The chief guest, Mehmood Jan, Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Assembly KP shared his views on this occasion and said that “today is the day we can proudly say that minorities are free to exercise and practice their religious a well as cultural beliefs. We worked for the rights of them and we will continue to do so”

 

MPA, Mr. Ravi Kumar, who also belong to the Hindu Community stated that “we want to give message to the entire world that Pakistan is safe region for minorities. He also said that such events are organized to promote peace and harmony among different communities living in Pakistan”.  Mr. Ravi Kumar, member Provincial Assembly also talked about the importance of organizing such events for minority’s communities. He said that such events spread the message of peace, love. Such celebration cherish the spirit of fraternity among different communities irrespective of their religious beliefs thus creating a sense of tolerance among different people.

 

Hidayat Jan, Secretory Ahrama stated that the festivals of minorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa symbolizes peace, love & harmony. Moreover, they will also arrange Conference and Exchange Programs for minorities in near future.

 

Performances

In order to show full devotion, Hindu devotees sung different religious songs accompanied by different performances on cultural and religious themes. The performances/ acts included Ganish Vadana, Arrti, Diwali dance, bhjan choir, raam leela (message of Diwali) and various skits on interfaith harmony & unity. Moreover, youth dressed in ounjabi attire performed Bhangra and Punjabi. All the performers were given cash prizes for staging the activities.

 

Table No.4: District Wise Detail Summary of Participants of “Dewali, Lohri and Maha Shivrathri”.

Sr.No. Province No. of Participants
1. Chitral 7
2. Bannu 29
3. DI KHAN 31
4. Dir Lower 1
5. Haripur 0
6. Kohat 124
7. Swat 1
8. Swabi 46
9. Nowshera 93
10. Peshawar 487
11. Hangu 25
12. Islamabad 12
13. Govt Officials, Guests, Advisory Committee, Security Officials, Media Officials, Management Team, Production Teams, Volunteers, Performers, Nishtar Hall Security, Vendors, Department Officials 130
Total 986