LAHORE - Mela Charaghan (festival of lights) will start on Friday (today) with usual festivity and zeal in the provincial metropolis. The celebrations of festival would be inaugurated by Punjab Aukaf Minister Syed Ehsan-ud-Din Qureshi. The government has announced local holiday on Saturday (today). More than 400,000 people from around the country are expected to participate in the three-day event. In this regard, the roads leading to the tomb of Sufi poet Shah Hussain in Baghbanpura have been decorated. Shah Hussain (1538-1599) is commonly known as Madhu Lal Hussain, the story being that he adopted his Hindu friend Madhu Lals name to immortalise their friendship. He was around during the time of the Mughal emperors Akbar and Jehangir. Though of a poor family, Hussain was highly educated. His poetry is full of symbolism. Some of his most famous kafis feature the Charkha, as in those days foreign merchants used to sell cotton to Lahore.