Is Independence Day a public holiday?
Independence Day is a public holiday. This is a public holiday and schools and most businesses are closed.
What are people doing?
People across Pakistan are celebrating Independence Day with patriotic interest. Many people who attend the Independence Day parades dress in green and white, which are the colours of the Pakistani flag. People visit national monuments and sites of national importance to celebrate Independence Day. It is also a time to meet with relatives, exchange gifts and visit vacation spots.
At dawn, the national flag of Pakistan is placed on public and private buildings, residences and monuments. Official buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, are decorated and brightly lit. The Prime Minister and the President address, congratulate the people and talk about the meaning of the day. The streets and houses are decorated with candles, oil lamps and pennants. Fireworks shows gather on the eve of Independence Day.
Pakistan Independence Day also pays tribute to the people who have dedicated their lives to the Pakistani freedom movement and donated to achieve Pakistani independence. Muhammad Ali Jinn, who is considered by many to be the founder of Pakistan and Quaid-i-Azam (supreme leader).
Activities throughout the day include special theatrical performances, national song competitions, concerts and Independence Day competitions. Radio and TV channels broadcast national songs and specially prepared programs for the Independence Day.
Independence Day is an official holiday in Pakistan on August 14th. All government, non-government agencies, organizations, educational institutions, post offices and major markets are closed.
Public transport remains unavailable on all major routes. Traffic congestion is common due to the Independence Day parades.
The inhabitants of the subcontinent did not approve of British rule in a united India. The uprising that took place in 1857 ultimately shaped the freedom movement that exemplifies the efforts of the people of British India to gain independence.
Muslims ruled the subcontinent before the British invasion and suffered from the 1857 uprising against the British East India Company. Leaders such as Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan and Sayed Amir Ali worked diligently for the political advancement of the Muslim people.
In 1885, the Indian National Congress was formed, which later became the largest political party in British India. Major Muslim political leaders, including Muhammad Ali Jinnah, have been members of the Indian National Congress and have worked to unify Hindu-Muslim unity and India’s independence.
In India, the demand for an independent Muslim state was growing. In 1930, Muhammad Iqbal presented the idea of a separate Muslim state, which would geographically consist of Muslim-majority regions on the subcontinent. The word Pakistan is a combination of the two words Pak, meaning Pure, and Stan, meaning Earth. This name was invented by Choudhary Rahmat Ali.
Strong Hindu nationalism gave rise to the Theory of Two Nations, an ideology that is considered the basis for the creation of Pakistan. In 1940, a Pakistani resolution was passed in Lahore calling for greater Muslim autonomy in British India.
After World War II, the British colonies were expected to disintegrate soon. The Pakistani movement, led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, led to the creation of a Muslim state. East Pakistan parted with West Pakistan and became Bangladesh.
Green and white are the official colours of Pakistan. White symbolizes peace and green symbolizes prosperity and good luck.