LAHORE The nation will observe Eid Miladun Nabi (SAW) on Wednesday to celebrate the birth of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with religious reverence and fervour. The day will begin with a 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at all the provincial capitals while special prayers will be offered for the security, solidarity and prosperity of the country in particular and Mulsim Ummah in general. It will be a public holiday and all offices and business centres will be closed. The electronic and print media will highlight the significance of the day by airing special programs. People from all walks of life have completed arrangements to observe the Day with fervour and zeal. On the occasion, hundreds of processions and Seerat conferences will be held all over the country to mark the auspicious celebrations. In Lahore the central Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession will be taken out from Railway Station and march up to Data Darbar, while dozens of small processions from different parts of the city will merge with the central procession. The participants of the procession will be showered with rose petals and rose water from aeroplanes. The extensive preparations culminated on Tuesday night with the taking out a torchbearer procession under the aegis of Central Milad Committee from Data Darbar. The participants riding vehicles, motorbikes, and on foot marched at The Mall up to the Regal Chowk, carrying torches and reciting Darood and Naats. Most of the city mosques and important buildings have already been decorated with lightings, flower beads and buntings. Children were busy building clay models of the Makkah mountains where the Holy Prophet (SAW) was bestowed with the prophethood. Apart from central procession, a number of gatherings for Naat Khawani, Qirat, Qawwali and Naatia Mushairas will be held across the country. Religious scholars and Ulema in their special sermons will highlight the significance of the occasion and ask the people to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to achieve success in the life and hereafter. They will condemn the western hatred against the Holy Prophet (SAW), which has recently resulted into meanest tactics in shape of blasphemous caricatures despite the worldwide Muslim protests and anger against it. Groups of volunteers and market committees will decorate their markets/vicinities/houses and surroundings with illuminations, coloured flower ropes, buntings, chandeliers and ribbons and many organisations will hold competitions among people for best decorated mohallah and street. A meeting of the Central Milad Committee was held Tuesday presided over by its chairman Malik Aftab Rabbani, which reviewed the preparations, and decided to maintain sanctity of the occasion and check all un-Islamic practices so that religious sentiments of the Muslims should not hurt besides maintaining peace and tranquillity. He said the central procession would be led by various dignitaries including PPP secretary general Senator Jahangir Badr, PPP MNA Samina Ghurki, ex-chief justice Lahore High Court Rashed Aziz Khan, Justice (r) Dr Munir Muhgal and others. In the morning a provincial Seerat Conference was held under the aegis of Auqaf Department which was presided over by provincial minister for religious affairs and addressed by different religious scholars and officials. They paid glowing tributes to the personality, Seerat and remarkable achievements of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). They condemned the Western media for blasphemies and their governments for backing such anti-Islamic moves in the name of freedom of expression despite that the whole Muslim world had been protesting against it. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the Uswa-e-Hasna of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a beacon of light for the whole mankind and a welfare society can be created by acting upon His teachings in the real sense. He also said the Muslim Ummah can regain its pristine glory by seeking guidance from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). On the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, we should sink our petty differences for promoting unity in our ranks and pledge to work hard for national development and prosperity, he advised in his message on Eid Milad-un-Nabi. The CM further said 12 Rabi-ul-Awal gives the massage to Muslim Ummah to act upon the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah in the real sense. Meanwhile, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and senior leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi have said the solution to all the problems facing the country lies only in following the Uswa-e-Hasna of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Top PML-Q leaders in their joint message on Eid Milad-un-Nabi said a Muslim could bear anything but he couldnt forgive the blasphemers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). They said a complete code of life lies in the 'Uswa-e-Hasna of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and the Muslims are facing problems, as they forget the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Both the leaders said: We should follow the Uswa-e-Hasna of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) of bow before the Allah Almighty only for help and should never seek the assistance of worldly powers.