As E.B Taylor said, “Culture is a complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, art, morals, customs and all other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of a society.”
Every great nation enjoys its own culture. Similarly, Pakistani culture is very distinct due to its Islamic nature and rich historical background. Pakistan’s culture is very diverse. This stems from the fact that what is now Pakistan has in the past been invaded and occupied by many different peoples. We have Punjabis, Sindhis, Pakhtoons, and many others having different traditions, customs etc.
In this context I have listed out four very interesting cultural facts about Pakistan.
WE LOVE WEARING OUR TRADITIONAL ATTIRE:
Shalwar Kameez is the national dress of Pakistan which is equally popular in the region as and one of the traditional dresses for men and women of South Asia. Shalwar Kameez is long attire which normally goes below the knees. For men it is a two piece dress, Shalwar (trousers) with Kameez (Long tunic shirt) and for women it is a three piece dress.
Dress in each regional culture reflect weather conditions, way of living and distinctive style which gives it a unique identity among all cultures. As you move from one province to another, you get to see a new flavor added into the Pakistani dresses. Every province’s traditional clothing has its own beauty and has a novelty into it.
OUR WEDDINGS ARE SO ENJOYABLE:
Pakistani weddings are one of the most colorful weddings in the world. The preparations start almost a month before the actual wedding day. Some of the most common events that are held in a Pakistani marriage include variations of the following. Marriage Proposal, Engagement, Dholki, Mehndi (Henna), Barat, Nikkah, Reception, Rukhsti (Farewell), Walima.
The only Islamic requirement is the Nikkah and Valima. Other events are cultural additions. There are many customs which mostly have their roots in India like “Mehndi”, “Maayun”, “Joota Chupai”, “DoodhPilaai” and so many more.
WE LOVE OUR DESI FOOD:
We follow the Islamic law that lists foods and drinks that are Halal and permissible to consume. Pakistani dishes are known for having aromatic and sometimes spicy flavors, and some dishes often contain liberal amounts of oil, which makes the dishes tasty. We have some of the best barbecue in the world sizzling, spicy and tender. Pakistani food varies from region to region, the dish is the same but everyone has a different recipe.
WE, THE MOST HOSPITABLE NATION:
Guests are the source of ALLAH’s blessing and no doubt those we Pakistanis are the most hospitable nation all over the world. We greet our guests with full hearts. There is one common thing that you will find in all of Pakistani natives, the hospitality.
Not only in Pakistani culture, but hospitality is also emphasized by Islam.
OUR MOST POPULAR TRUCK ART:
Every notable country you can think of has a distinctive art form that reminds people the world over of its unique style, heritage or culture.
A piece of art that best represents the vitality and vibrancy of Pakistan, Truck Art would be the first to come to mind.The designs often have a regional or religious significance.
These trucks can also be a great source of entertainment on a long journey with nowhere else to look. You can almost always find a humorous one liner or two on the back bumper of these vehicles. Who hasn’t seen a “Maa ki Dua, Jannat ki Hawa” at least once while traveling in Pakistan? Or a “Maalik ki gaari, Driver ka paseena, chalti hai road per ban ke haseena?
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