Under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the Muslims of India achieved an independent state Pakistan on 14th August, 1947. To commemorate this day, the people of Pakistan celebrate 14th August with enthusiasm and fervour every year, it is a national holiday.
The 1st of August marks the beginning of preparations for the celebrations. The streets are decorated with mini flags and green and white stripes; the colour of the Pakistani flag. People decorate their houses showing their enthusiasm and love for their mother land. Big flags are hoisted on buildings and houses all around the country.
Some buildings are decorated with small colourful lights which present a beautiful picture when lit at night. The air echoes with patriotic songs and slogans. Shops offer special discounts to the customers. In schools, the children prepare special programs and present tableau’s. Quiz competitions and national songs competitions are also held throughout the month.
Debates, declamation and essay writing competitions are held on national level. Students, the future of the country resolve to work for the betterment of the country and pledge to protect their motherland from enemies. The day begins with special prayers. At 8:00 am sharp, the National Anthem is played throughout the country.
People usually dress up in green and white clothes and visit places of national significance. Special programs are held at the Presidency in Islamabad and in the 4 provincial capitals. People visit the mausoleums of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal to pay homage to the two great leaders.
Special plays highlighting the significance of the day are aired on radio and TV. Newspapers issue special editions to commemorate this day. At night people go on long drives to watch the beautifully illuminated buildings and mesmerising decorations. The day ends with a spectacular display of fireworks.