US consulate general joins Karachi’s Chaand Raat festivities

In Local
April 10, 2024

Amidst the vibrant hustle and bustle of Karachi’s Jama Cloth Market, officials from the United States Consulate General in Karachi extended warm greetings to all Pakistanis for a Happy Chaand Raat on Tuesday night as they joined in the Eidul Fitr shopping frenzy.

Earlier in the evening, the authorities had officially announced the sighting of the Shawwal moon in Pakistan, signaling that the nation would celebrate Eidul Fitr on Wednesday, April 10th.

Eidul Fitr carries immense cultural and religious significance for Muslims worldwide, marking the culmination of the holy month of Ramazan, characterised by fasting, prayer, and introspection.

In Pakistan, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm, as families come together to exchange greetings, share meals, and extend acts of charity to the less fortunate.

In anticipation of the Eid festivities, the government has declared three-day holidays from April 10th to April 12th for offices following a five-day workweek, and a four-day break from April 10th to April 13th for those with a six-day workweek.

Also read: Shawwal moon sighted, nation to celebrate Eidul Fitr today

In a heartwarming gesture, the US Consulate General in Karachi shared their experience of partaking in the local traditions. “Like all of you, we also ventured into the colourful bazaars of Karachi to immerse ourselves in the joy of Chaand Raat and Eid shopping. And this time, we chose Karachi’s renowned Jama Cloth Market!” a post on their social media pages read.

At the bustling market, Consul General Conrad Tribble and diplomats Heather and Anna Maria enthusiastically joined fellow shoppers in selecting colourful earrings, sparkly bangles, and beautiful shoes for themselves and their loved ones.

“Thanks to the incredible variety of stalls at Jama Cloth Market, we were able to purchase many essential items for Eid. Karachi once again demonstrated that it is a city of lights and splendor!” the post exclaimed.

The consulate general further engaged with their audience, inviting them to share their own Eid shopping experiences. “Have you also shopped for Meethi Eid? What is your favourite place to shop? Let us know by commenting below!” they asked, fostering a sense of community and celebration among their followers.


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