Customs and traditions in Pakistan
Hello Smokey and Everyone
It’s so nice to see you Smokey! You are sweet and seem very lazy but I like you. Hmmm! Jo has quite smart pets who can use the computers too. Smokey a kiss for you for the homework and some fish too (I hope you are not vegetarian).
Ok Smokey, have fun! It’s time talk to Jo. As you asked Jo, whether balti is a Pakistani dish or Indian. It’s an Indian dish and is also liked in Pakistan. But there are many dishes that are shared by both India and Pakistan and are cooked almost the same way. On the whole, you will find minor no differences between the foods in the two countries. Baltistan (Bal is pronounced as ble in the word able) is an area in Pakistan and has no connection with the dish balti as such. A little information about Baltistan, it is also known as Baltiyul, the language spoken here is Balti. Baltistan is often called little ‘Tibet’. I hope you will find it informative.
I think before I start writing about the customs and traditions in Pakistan, I must do my homework first.
1) Naheed is a talented artist, isn’t she?
2) Naheed draws beautifully, doesn’t she?
3) Today is Saturday, isn’t it?
4) You are good at English, aren’t you?
5) I am quite a grumpy cat, aren’t I?
And Jo is a nice teacher, isn’t she?
Let’s talk about the customs and traditions. According to my knowledge these two are a part of a culture along with religion, language and the way of living. Some customs and traditions are such that we like to follow them, some need changes and some are a kind that after a long time of practice we come to realise that we better not to follow them.
In Pakistan, man is considered to owe the responsibility to look after his family; in terms of clothing and shelter, and woman is supposed to look after her family, her home. Here I would like to throw some light on the view of Islam about the rights of man and woman. They are equal, they both have a right to get education, they are treated equally and are respected equally. In some matters the man is given superiority over the woman. It is just like, there are two students and both have secured equal marks in exams. One secured highest marks in math and the other secured highest in science, but the sum of their total marks is equal. Physically, man is considered stronger than woman and that’s why he’s been given the responsibility to look after his family as a bread winner and protect his family. However, there are no restrictions on women and they are respected.
It’s a custom that elderly members are considered to be the important members of a family. Their opinion is highly considered in all the matters. Marriages are both arranged and love, it’s usually a boy’s family that sends proposal for marriage to the girl’s family. A traditional Pakistani wedding lasts for three to four days. The first two days are of a family get to gather as women paint their hands with beautiful henna designs. It’s a tradition that a bride’s hands and feet are painted with henna in a very special way. Groom doesn’t paint his hands with henna of course, but his little finger is painted by his sisters and cousins to wish him happiness.
Third day is a very special day as this is the day when the wedding takes place. The bride and the groom are dressed in their best wedding clothes and are given official papers to sign which is followed by Nikkah; it’s a recitation of few verses from the Quran. There is a wedding reception after Nikkah, where all the friends and family members gather to celebrate the occasion. I like to attend wedding receptions very much because one gets a delicious feast of various foods and I love food. Then the time comes for the ‘Rukhsati’, it’s a time when bride meets her family and weeps as she is leaving her home to begin a new life with her new family.
A picture for you of a Pakistani wedding couple.
This is my cousin brother and his bride
I hope you liked the picture of a traditional wedding I tried to paint. Let’s talk about how we welcome our guests. Suppose you come to my home as guests, if you come at the lunch time, my mother will never let you go without lunch. She will serve you with a delicious food that she will make in a jiffy. If you come in the evening, you are surely going to have a cup of tea and snacks and she will insist to have dinner with us too. At the time of saying bye she will present you a gift.
In some parts of Pakistan, it is a custom that when there are guest at home, they are served with the best food. They present women a shawl as a gift which is considered to be a sign of respect to them and to men a shawl and a hat for the same reasons.
Here’s something about the homes we live, all kinds of homes you will see here from the bigger ones to the smaller ones. My home is perfect according to our family size and when there are guests, it never falls short of space. There are three rooms, two bathrooms, a balcony, a common space and a kitchen.
James had asked me the difference between the masjid and mosque. There is no difference between the two. Masjid is an Arabic word for the place where people worship. Mosque is an English word for this.
A bit about music in Pakistan, you can hear rock, jazz, pop, classical and almost all kind of music here. I like classical music and I’m very selective about music. My favourites are, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sajjad Ali, The Beatles and Whitney Houston. I like to listen to them.
Best wishes to Sleepy Smokey and All
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