The 275th annual Urs celebrations of the great Sufi saint and poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai begin at shrine town of Bhit Shah on Wednesday.
Sindh Government has announced public holiday on Wednesday, October 24 on account of Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai (R.A). All offices, autonomous, semi autonomous bodies, cooperates and local councils under the administrative control of Sindh, except essential services will remain close on Wednesday.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was a Sindhi Sufi scholar, mystic, saint, and poet, widely considered to be the greatest Muslim poet of the Sindhi language.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the small rural town Bhit Shah in Matiari district, some 55 kilometres of Hyderabad, during the festival. The Sindh government has announced a public holiday on October 24 to commemorate the occasion.
A range of festivities and events have been organised for these three days, during which 3,000 personnel of police and rangers will perform security duties.
A musical night, featuring mainly folk and sufi singers, will be held on each of the three days during the urs celebrations. An international literature conference, traditional wrestling, horse racing and cattle shows, an exhibition of local industries and other activities, have been organised to provide a range of entertainment to visitors.
The unofficial urs ceremony will be performed by the shrine’s custodian Syed Waqar Ali Shah on Tuesday with an Ulema and Mashaikh conference, organised by the custodian, in the evening. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail accompanied by provincial ministers will officially commence the urs on Wednesday morning.