August 14, Independence Day of Pakistan
Posted in Pakistani Festivals on 14. Aug, 2009
Every year on August 14th, Pakistan celebrates its independence day from the British Rule. It is also known as the “Yom-e-Istiqlal”. Just like any independence day in the world, August 14th is a national holiday in Pakistan. Throughout the country, this day is celebrated with flag raising ceremonies, fireworks, and tributes to the national heroes. These celebrations take place in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. In the course of the event, the Prime Minister and President of the country raise the national flag at the Parliament and Presidential Buildings, and they deliver speeches that are televised on national TV. The speeches highlight the government’s achievements, as well as its goals for the future.
The August 14th Independence day of Pakistan brings to mind the words of “Quaid-e-Azam”, who is the father of the nation. His words highlight bringing discipline, faith, and unity to the people of Pakistan. It was in the year 1947, on August 14th, that Independence Day of Pakistan was officially announced.
Part of the Independence Day celebration in Pakistan is the lighting of candles at midnight by students. This is to bring hope and luck for the future. Cultural programs and activities also take place in different provincial capitals of the country most particularly in the colleges and schools. Friends and families gather for outings, lunches or dinner during the celebration. Competitions and entertainment programs are held among societies, cultural centers, and even housing colonies for the observance of the special holiday.