Lahore, the heart of Punjab, is all set to embrace a day of solemn observance and celebration. The Punjab caretaker Chief Minister, Mohsin Naqvi, has officially declared September 7th, which falls on a Thursday, as a public holiday in honor of the annual Urs (death anniversary) of Data Ganj Bakhsh Syed Ali Hajwari (RA).
Chief Minister Naqvi, paying his respects at Data Darbar, made this significant announcement while sharing details about the forthcoming Urs ceremony. The three-day Urs festivities are scheduled to commence on Tuesday, September 5th.
“The Urs celebration is a time of spiritual significance and communal bonding,” Chief Minister Naqvi remarked, emphasizing the importance of the event. “We are diligently working to ensure that the arrangements for this occasion are better than ever before.”
To ensure the comfort and satisfaction of all attendees, Chief Minister Naqvi revealed that discussions with the commissioner have been held regarding the langar khana (community kitchen). This initiative aims to provide food for everyone participating in the celebrations, symbolizing the spirit of sharing and unity.
Furthermore, an enchanting mehfil-e-samaa is on the agenda, featuring performances by some of the finest qawwals. This addition promises to add a melodious touch to the Urs celebrations, enhancing the overall experience for visitors and devotees.
Reiterating his commitment to the welfare and convenience of the public, Chief Minister Naqvi affirmed that the government is dedicated to making top-notch arrangements for the Chehlum, processions, and the Urs itself. This assurance is intended to foster a sense of security and ease among the participants.
Speaking about the logistical aspect, the Chief Minister informed the public that a comprehensive traffic management plan is in place. Adequate parking facilities will be provided, subject to security clearance, to ensure smooth movement and convenience for the attendees.
In anticipation of the Urs celebrations, preparations are already underway for the expansion of Data Darbar. Additionally, plans are in motion to expand the premises of the mosques and shrine, ensuring that the site can accommodate the large number of devotees expected to visit during this auspicious occasion.
As the date draws near, the excitement and anticipation among the people of Lahore continue to grow. The announcement of a public holiday on September 7th serves as a reminder of the enduring significance of the Urs of Data Ganj Bakhsh Syed Ali Hajwari (RA) in the hearts of Lahore’s residents and beyond. It is a time for reflection, spiritual renewal, and the celebration of shared cultural heritage.