When is Pakistani Independence Day?
Independence Day is Pakistan’s national day and is celebrated annually on 14th August. On this day in 1947, Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic when it gained independence from British rule.
History of Pakistani Independence Day
Pakistan had been part of the colony of India since the 18th century, firstly as part of the East India Company and then as part of the British Indian Empire.
In 1947, the act of independence created the ‘Dominion of Pakistan’ which covered two different geographic areas known as East and West Pakistan. In 1971 following the Bangladesh Liberation War, East Pakistan parted from West Pakistan and became Bangladesh.
How is Pakistani Independence Day Celebrated?
This day is an occasion to promote patriotism and national unity and is observed in much the same way as Pakistan Day.
The day will start with a 31 gun salute in the federal and 21 gun salute at the provincial capitals. In Islamabad, at 9:59 am a siren will be sounded and the traffic will come to a standstill for one minute. Then the president will raise the national flag accompanied by the national anthem. The president will then address the nation on the occasion.
TRADITIONS OF DAY
Citizens of Pakistan celebrate Independence day zealously. The colors for the day are the green and white of Pakistan’s flag. The country’s flags are seen everywhere and fireworks displays are enjoyed. Flag hoisting ceremonies are held publicly and at private institutions across the country. Schools and universities arrange declamation contests, art exhibitions, national song recitals, and sports marathons to celebrate. Special programs are also scheduled for the observance of this day.
The president and prime minister deliver special speeches, recalling the sacrifices of the nation’s forefathers who laid down their lives for the country. The district and local authorities actively plan and execute events to express patriotism and add colors to the day. Citizens participate in face painting, donning the country colors, dressing up elaborately, lighting fireworks, and celebrating all things Pakistan.
HOW TO OBSERVE PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
1. Wear Pakistan’s national colors
The Pakistani flag displays its national colors of green and white. Green symbolizes prosperity and good fortune and white represents peace. Together, these colors can radiate positive energy. So, if you share Pakistani heritage, hoist that flag high!
2. Remember those who died for freedom
Pakistani independence was a hard-fought battle for sovereign rights and religious freedom. Pause for the cause and remember those who died to liberate Pakistan.
3. Attend a local festival
All over the world, there are those with Pakistani heritage who celebrate Pakistan Independence Day with bursts of color, great food, lively music, and warm friends. Get inspired and create your own mini-festival at home!