14th August Independence Day of Pakistan

14th August the day of Pakistan is a usual day for other nations, but this is most valuable day for Pakistani nation in history of Pakistan. In Urdu language it is called as “Yom-e-Istiqlal”. On 14th August 1947 the world saw a new country “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” as an independent country. Recall that according to Islamic calendar Pakistan became on the 27th of Ramadan when Allah blessed Muslims with the pious homeland.

The word “Pakistan” is a combination of two words “Pak” means pious and “Stan” means homeland. Both words belong to Persian and Urdu language.

14th August is a public day of commitment and pride for the people throughout Pakistan and celebrated with outstanding enthusiasm and devotion among the land. The main celebrations of this day are flag hoisting, singing patriotic songs, tributes to the national heroes and cultural actions. The importance of this day lies in paying tribute to the lost heroes and in raising the hopes for a bright future. All children and girls feel happy and filled with emotion on this day. They participate in events and express feelings.

Being a Pakistani we must celebrate 14th August by thanking to All Mighty Allah for giving this homeland after immense sacrifices.

Happy Independence Day To Whole Nation!

The Celebrations:

Pakistan Independence Day or the 14th August is regarded as one of the six public holidays observed in Pakistan and is noted in the entire state. All government and non-government agencies, educational foundations, organizations, major grocery stores, post offices remain closed on the Day. In order to prepare and finalize the plans for the celebrations of Independence Day, meetings are usually held in provincial capitals and are attended by government officials, politicians and diplomats. With the beginning of the month August special shops and stalls are set up across the country selling national flags, banners, posters, buntings, pictures of national heroes and many other celebratory items. Homes, private buildings, vehicles as well as street and roads are decorated with buntings and flags. Several organizations, government departments and educational institutions organize sports competitions, seminars, social and cultural activities leading up to Independence Day.

The day starts with special prayers of solidarity, integrity and development of Pakistan:

The day starts with extra prayers of solidarity, integrity and development of Pakistan in different places including mosques across the nation. There are some special festivities take place in the capital city, Islamabad, and commence with the raising of the national flag on the Presidency and Parliament as well following 31- gun salute in Islamabad and 21- gun salute in the provincial capitals. Both President and Prime Minister of Pakistan address the nation in their live telecast. During different rallies and events, political leaders and government officials deliver speeches highlighting the Pakistani achievements and goals set for the hereafter. They also call in and praise the untiring efforts and sacrifices of national champions. In Lahore, Minar-e-Pakistan, where the Lahore resolution was passed in 1940 is also illuminated on this happy occasion in order to stand for the importance of this space in the creation of Pakistan. Citizen including children used to be dressed up in the official colors of Pakistan i.e. Green and white. They are also wearing some items with national on it like T-shirts, caps, wrist band and even earrings, pendants and rings are also available in accordance with the Day. Public transport remains unavailable for all major roads. The traffic mess is a procedure on this occasion, especially on the Mall road Lahore.

It is popular in various cultures:

From the commencement of August radio channels FM100 Pakistan start playing patriotic songs (Milli naghmay), TV channels starts broadcasting different programs and displays related to the Day highlighting the setting, history, achievements and culture of Pakistan. The events and riots during the founding of Pakistan are depicted in numerous literary and scholarly works like:

·         Train to Pakistan, a novel by Khushwant Singh

·         Toba Tek Singh, a short story by Saadat Hassan Manto

·         Freedom at Midnight, a book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lappierre

·         Ali Pur Ka Aeeli an autobiography by Mumtaz Mufti

·         Khaak aur Khoon by Naseem Hijazi

·         Bano, a novel by Razia Butt; Dastaan is the drama serial based on the same novel

·         Patriotic work by Faiz Ahmad Faiz

There are many patriotic songs that have become the part of the celebration like Dil Dil Pakistan, Sohni Dharti, Ha jazba e Junoon and many others. All these works narrate the true story of the Pakistan movement and Independence with different aspects.

There are many patriotic songs that have become the part of the celebration like Dil Dil Pakistan, Sohni Dharti, Ha jazba e Junoon and many others. All these works narrate the true story of the Pakistan movement and Independence with different looks.

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