Eid Milad-Un-Nabi: When Pindi is at its most beautiful at night!
- Web Desk
- Sep 28, 2023
By: Shahrose Khan
Rawalpindi undergoes a captivating transformation every year right before Rabi-ul-Awwal 12 of the Islamic calendar as the city readies itself to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. As a photographer, I visit the vibrant celebratory preparations each year to capture what, I think, cannot be matched by similar settings anywhere in the world!
The city emerges as a canvas, adorned with intricate details and radiant hues. Streets and buildings, usually unassuming, turn into beautiful gems with locals pouring their hearts into these decorations.
Naat committees arrange melodious competitions, their voices echoing with praises for the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Government and religious organizations meticulously craft the activities, ensuring the reverence and sanctity of the event.
The most beautiful part of the city during these nights is old Pindi, where processions of Milad-un-Nabi usually commence at Banni Chowk, traverse through Circular Road, Waris Khan, Murree Road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal Road, Fowara Chowk, and culminate at the central Jamia Mosque Rawalpindi – covering Raja Bazaar, Bhabra Bazaar and Lal Kurti.
Security arrangements are also diligently finalized to safeguard the sanctity of the Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions. The Punjab government’s directives are upheld by the district and tehsil administrations, emphasizing the need for strict security measures. A control room is set up by the district administration to oversee the processions and monitor security arrangements.
Heavy vehicles are prohibited from entering the streets during the processions.
As I capture these moments with my lens, I am reminded of the enduring beauty of devotion and the strength of a community that comes together to celebrate.