The Sky had Darkened in the Morning Hours of Thursday, and Pakistan Experienced an Annular Solar Eclipse. Moreover, it was the last Big Celestial Event of the year that was seen in many cities of Pakistan. Superstitious Beliefs about RING OF FIRE- Solar Eclipse in Pakistan.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department
The Solar Eclipse was started at 7.30 am (PST), it was at its climax at 8.37 am and went down till 1.06 pm. The solar eclipse was discernable all over Pakistan, specifically in Karachi and Gwadar.
The Momentous Ring of Fire
The solar eclipse was not total nevertheless an annular one. Moreover, the sun and the moon were placed in a way to form a “ring of fire” as the moon won’t be able to completely cover the sun. Henceforth its edges were beautifully illuminated though, dismayed many people. The sporadic and significant event was unlike from the total solar eclipse that was precedentially seen in August 1999.
Due to the cloudy sky, most of the radiation went back into space without touching the ground and it was stated as ‘albedo effect’. Nevertheless, this time the sky was clear. Therefore, the impact of the radiation was detrimental. Hence, people had been advised beforehand not to look at the sun with the naked eye.
Superstitious Beliefs about RING OF FIRE- Solar Eclipse in Pakistan
There are quite a lot of superstitions being related to the celestial event. For instance,
- Solar Eclipse brings a change in the political situation, in simple words power swings. The belief got fervor when the government fell within two months after 1999 solar eclipse.
- Many superstitions include thoughts of distress. In ancient China, people used to counter the paraphernalia of a solar eclipse by getting organized and scream distinctly.
- It is very common in Pakistan that expecting mothers should stay away from fire and sharp objects. Pregnant animals such as livestock, too, are also believed to keep inside.
- Food items are also well-kept-up by putting them in the fridge or lid them out to avoid the unpleasant contact of the solar eclipse.
Being a Muslim we believe to offer ‘Kusoof’ prayers in a solar eclipse, as it is manifested in Quran and Hadees.