Pakistan independence day 2020
Every year on August 14th, towns and villages across Pakistan come to life in celebration of independence and national pride.
The country’s celebrations begin on the days leading up to August 14th. The national flag can be seen on balconies, cars and iconic landmarks of various sizes. Green and white fairy lights illuminate the streets. Shop owners receive Independence Day T-shirts, traditional green and white clothing, and Pakistani flag badges. On the side of the road, you will find locals selling similar items, with the exception of wooden carts that can be moved from one place to another. Everyone is united by a sense of patriotism.
How Pakistan gained independence
In the 1940s, the Indian independence movement organized a series of protests aimed at ending British colonial rule in India. The rise of Muslim nationalism led to the creation of the All India Muslim League, which sought to protect the interests of the Muslim diaspora in British India. The struggle for an independent Muslim homeland was fought by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
How to celebrate Pakistan’s birthday
In Pakistan, August 14 is a national holiday celebrated across the country with state parades, air shows and fireworks. Every year, dignitaries and heads of state visit the mausoleum of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi to pray and pay their respects. In schools and universities, students gather to sing a hymn and take part in poetry competitions and cricket matches.
The buildings display portraits of Pakistan’s founder and other prominent leaders of the independence struggle, and their faces are printed on everything from T-shirts to bumper stickers.
Karachi Food Street, Boat Pool, is teeming on the morning of the 14th and the locals enjoy the famous Pakistani breakfast Halwa Puri. The beach overlooking the sea in the city is packed from the eve of Independence Day until late the next day when people pluck songs of patriotism from their cars and wave flags screaming Azadi and Pakistani Zindabad. The dominant green colour on the flag is believed to represent the Muslim majority and the white colour to represent the non-Muslim minority, a religious schism that is still relevant today, although the flag was developed during the division in 1947.