In Islamic societies there were many festivals and celebrations. Some of these were religious while others were secular (not religious). Many of the traditional festivals and kinds of entertainment continued after the arrival of Islam in sub-continent. The religious events are celeberated by using the Islamic hijra calendar.
Shab-e-Barat Religious festival is celebrated on 14th of Shaaban, the 8th Islamic month. The event is marked by Prayers, fire-works, exchange of sweet dishes and visits to relatives and friends.
Eid-ul-Fitr Religious festival is celebrated at the end of fasting month on 1st of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic Calendar. Special prayer after sun-rise are offered on the eid day. Sweets and gifts are distrbuted among families and relatives. Eid is also know for its "Chaand Raat", the moon sighting a day prior to the event. Markets get jam packed on the night with people buying gifts and women and young girls decorating thier hands with henna and bangles.
Eid-ul-Azha Religious festival commemorating the great sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim. Celebrated on 10th Zilhaj, 12th month of Islamic Calendar. Collective prayers are offered after sunset. Sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows or camels is carried out for distrbtion among needy and relatives.
Utchal or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, is celebrated July 15-16th to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (P.B.U.H). on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the 3rd month of Islamic Calendar.
The event marks two days mourning on the death anniversary of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H.) on 9th and 10th of Moharram, the first month of Islamic Calendar.
(Birthday of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad, (P.B.U.H.) on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal - the 3rd of month of Islamic Calendar.