Hindu community is celebrating the festival of lights today and will light up earthen lamps in the night while fireworks will also be exhibited to celebrate the festival. Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists. Also known as the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali is celebrated for five days every year. It celebrates the triumph of positivity over negativity, light overshadowing darkness and new beginnings, as it coincides with the start of the new Hindu year. This year Diwali has begun on 5th November and will last for five more days with Wednesday being the main day for celebrations.
Many of Pakistani Celebrities and politicians took to social media to wish a happy Diwali to all those celebrating the joyous occasion.
Leading from the front as always Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed his wishes with a simple message on Twitter. “Wishing all our Hindu citizens a happy Diwali,” he wrote.
Wishing all our Hindu community a happy Diwali.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 4, 2021
Wishing the Hindu community in Pakistan and around the world a very happy Diwali 🪔. May the festival of lights be the source of peace, love and joy around the world!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 4, 2021
Writer Fatima Bhutto
Happy Diwali to all friends who are celebrating ✨✨✨✨
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) November 4, 2021
Cricketer Shahid Afridi
Happy Diwali to all that are celebrating #HappyDiwali
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 4, 2021
Activist Muniba Mazari
Actors Osman Khalid Butt and Armeena Khan
Wishing a very happy Diwali to everyone celebrating in Pakistan and around the world!
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) November 4, 2021
Happy Diwali to all those celebrating. ✨
— Armeena 🦋 (@ArmeenaRK) November 3, 2021
Designer Umar Sayeed
Actress Zhalay Sarhadi
The Hindu community lit earthen lamps in the night and burst firecrackers to celebrate the festival. Apart from Karachi, Lahore, and other major cities, festivities are held in Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Badin, Sanghar, Hala, Tando Adam, and Shahdadpur.
Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. The majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim fellows.