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Jashn-e-Shikarpur: Celebrating Sindhi Culture

Pakistan stands out among all the South Asian countries by being a most diverse country which incorporates different cultures in it; representing different ethnic groups, speaking different languages and following different rituals. One of the festival celebrated nation wide is Jashn-e-Shikarpur. The people of Pakistan do not only follow their cultures themselves but they feel glorified in celebrating and presenting their cultures to other people, so that people get to know about their traditions and their rituals and appreciate them. Following their rituals and traditions they organize different events and festivals to share and celebrate their happiness. They gather and perform different obligations, participate in different sports, perform their traditional dances, share their feelings and happiness. These festivals are a great symbol of their unity and represent their culture elegantly.

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Women on Bike

Aneeqa Ali, besides running an NGO, is a member of Critical Mass Lahore, a  group which gathers women on bike every Sunday morning and explores different parts of the city of Lahore. Aneeqa Ali loves to wander on her bike in the streets of Lahore and explore some beautiful and amazing facts about her city. But, recently, on a fine Sunday morning, she was harassed, hit and injured by a group of men. This incident as a consequence invoked women in all over Pakistan to protest against it, but they find a different way to show their solidarity with Aneeqa. All of the women gathered together and ride their bikes and cycles in the streets of Lahore. They gathered at the roundabout opposite Jalal Sons and peddled their way towards Main Boulevard as onlookers looked on. The gathering was organized by Critical Mass Lahore and Girls at Dhabas to speak out against harassment women face in public places. According to them, the main purpose was to increase acceptability for women being on the roads and to make them feel more comfortable with this idea as well in our patriarchal society.

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Remembering Basant – Kite Flying

There used to be a time in Pakistan when having fun wasn’t outlawed, when your enjoyment wasn’t always marked by blood, when your happiness did not incur the wrath of the misguided religious fanatics, when every single source of happiness wasn’t un-Islamic. Pardon me for the dark beginning, but these words just reflect the sorrow that I harbor in my heart ever since Basant got banned in Pakistan. As spring approaches, let us take a walk memory down the lane.

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