The Sindh and Punjab governments have announced public holidays on September 7 to mark the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and the annual Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh Syed Ali Hajveri.
In Sindh, all public and private schools, colleges, and universities will be closed on September 7. The Sindh Education Department has confirmed the closure of all educational institutions on this day.
Mourning processions will be held in many cities and towns across Sindh to pay respects to the martyrs of Karbala. The Sindh government has urged citizens to maintain peace and order during the processions.
In Punjab, the Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has declared a public holiday in Lahore on September 7. The Urs ceremony will begin on Tuesday, September 6, and will last for three days.
A community kitchen, also known as a langar khana, has been set up to feed the large number of attendees. Naqvi said that it is the duty of the government to ensure that everyone who attends the event has access to food.
The Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) is a day of mourning for Shia Muslims. It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala in 61 AH.
The annual Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh Syed Ali Hajveri is a major Sufi shrine in Lahore. The Urs ceremony is held every year to commemorate the death of Data Ganj Bakhsh, a Sufi saint who lived in the 12th century.
The two public holidays will give people in Sindh and Punjab a chance to commemorate these important religious events.