Shab-e-Barat, also known as “The Night of the Mid-Sha’ban,” is a Muslim festival that is celebrated on the night of the 14th of Sha’ban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that on this night, God writes the destinies of all living creatures for the coming year. It is also believed that this night is one of the holiest nights of the year and is a time for forgiveness and seeking blessings.
During Shab-e-Barat, Muslims spend the night in prayer and contemplation, and it is also common for people to give charity and perform acts of kindness. Many people also fast on the day before or after Shab-e-Barat as a way to show devotion and seek blessings. It is also custom to light lamps, candles and distribute sweetmeats as a sign of celebration.
Shab-e-Barat is celebrated across the Muslim world, but the customs and traditions surrounding the festival vary depending on the country and the region. It’s considered as the night of forgiveness, many people visit graveyards and offer Fateha for their deceased loved ones.
In Pakistan and India, it is particularly celebrated by Muslims, with large gatherings at mosques and other religious venues for special prayers, sermons, and recitations of the Quran.