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14th of August 1947 marks the day a large number of Muslims migrated from India to a land that was to be called Pakistan. And this struggle was not an easy one. Many sacrifices took place. Many families lost their homes. Many mothers lost their sons and many wives were widowed.
The topic of Independence, National pride and patriotism is an emotional one and sometimes even sensitive one for the people of Pakistan.
The newly migrated people were homeless, without a shelter and tired…yet they were happy to finally get what the struggled for more than 41 years. The leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, our founder was remarkable and that was what gave them hope.
It was this day…now 65 years ago, that our blood turned green and our spirits took the shape of a crescent moon and star, as seen on our National Flag.
Our leadership pays tribute to our founding fathers at their monumental tombs. All the buildings, private and government buildings are brightly illuminated. It looks like green grandeur spreading across the sky. But that is not all, different concerts are also held where only our national songs are sung. All day long, our legends and living legends are paid many salutations.
The youth take to the roads wearing Pakistani flags over their heads and bodies to be a part of enthusiasm. Young girls and boys spend time out on the streets toying around with crackers and miniature fireworks.
In fact the minute August comes, one can hear the crackers going off, through which one gets to know about the enthusiasm for the arriving Independence Day. That is exactly what I have been doing with my friends for many years.
But more or less Independence Day is all about getting along together. People getting together and spreading love and patriotism.
It is about fulfilling the dream of our forefathers and carrying on their legacy.
On this day every year…we all go green.
They say marriages are made in heaven. They may be right. But before the heaven is experienced by the people who are in it together, it has to go through a couple of rituals which are entirely made on Earth. Like everywhere else, weddings are highly anticipated and celebrated in Pakistan as well. Although the whole wedding business has evolved, many things are still done traditionally.
The main thing about a Muslim wedding that makes the bond between two people is called Nikah. It is like a contract that binds two people together. After the Nikah is finalized the bride and groom are pronounced Husband and Wife. The Nikah is usually held in a mosque in a very simple way.
But till the Nikah is finalized there are a few pre-marriage ceremonies. The Mayoon takes place at least a week before the wedding. This ritual is a traditional one and is anticipated on the bride’s part. The girl is not allowed to go shopping or step outside the house or even work inside the house when she “sits for mayoon” so she can get the maximum amount of rest and take care of herself. The groom is not allowed to see the bride to be during this time because it is a function of privacy.
Mother’s Day is an event that is celebrated to honour, love and respect our mothers globally. It is usually celebrated on the second Sunday of the month May. Although in many countries it is celebrated in Ferbruary, March and April as well.
A Mother is that woman who gives birth to us, raises us, listens to us, smiles at us and tells us that it is okay every time there is something wrong; gives us breakfast, makes dinner for us, listens to us when we yell at her telling her that we want something better to eat, pats our backs when we don’t get the first place in our class and tells us that we did great anyway, buys good clothes for us. In short she is always there for us and wants what is best for us because she knows us more than anyone else in this world.
Without moms we would be nothing. She is our best friend when we need one. She is a good listener when we need someone to talk to. She has our back when other people stab it. She is one in a million.
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan
To mothers all over the world: Happy Mother’s Day! You deserve not just one day but all 365 days of our lives. Because you dedicate yours to your children.
To mothers all over the world: May you all smile because your children give you reasons to. Just like you give us a reason to smile each time we look at you and are relieved that you are there.
To mothers all over the world: Thank you.
Written by: Amna Javed