Category Archives: Traditions
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
The Pakhtun tribe having an extremely rich culture is also one of the most disputed races in the world with its history shadowed by wars, invasions and violence. They occupy vast geographical areas starting from eastern and western Afghanistan to the plains of Indus valley. The immediate depiction in ones mind of the Pakhtuns being a clan whose primary urge is to fight is very much debatable. Although they are so much talked about, yet no one really knows and appreciates the rich Pakhtun culture to its full merit. One of the most fascinating aspects of their culture is their ‘Jirga system’, an easily accessible judicial system that can rightfully be called the worlds most swift and transparent justice system. Anyone can avail it at any time, almost free of cost and is guaranteed to be served justly. No matter how influential or underprivileged you are, you are literally accountable to every community member. Jirga system owes its strength to the Pakhtun’s community by integrating a house of elders, a community hujra, a liaison person and then each and every local of the tribe. Whenever a dispute arises it is resolved by a procedure as outlined in this article.