Pakistan

LAHORE – District government Lahore today announced a local holiday on Friday (tomorrow) on the eve of the annual Urs of Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh’s (RA).

The three-day celebrations of the 974th Urs of Hazrat Usman Ali Hajveri – popularly known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh – started on Wednesday.

According to the notification, all offices and educational institute of district level will remain closed. The  holiday will not be applicable on Civil Secretariat employees and its related staff.


A public holiday will also be observed in Lahore High Court (LHC) and lower courts of the provincial capital.

Meanwhile, the devotees have started arriving in huge numbers at the shrine of one of the greatest Sufis of sub-continent.

The devotees also danced to the beats of drums and are paying their respects with zeal and zest.

In addition, heavy security arrangements have been made for the three-day Urs celebrations that will conclude on Nov 11.

Provincial Minister for Auqaf Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri inaugurated the urs celebrations by laying a traditional chaddar at the tomb of Data Sahib. The Auqaf Department had allocated Rs10 million for organising the urs celebrations.