To observe Youm-e-Azadi (یوم آزادی or Pakistani Independence Day) citizens typically wear green and white; the colors of the national flag. Flag raising ceremonies are held throughout the country and patriotic parades and other events are held.
Pakistan can trace its history back to the Indus Valley civilization which dates to 3,000 BCE. Later, the area was invaded by the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs, Afghans, and Turks. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Pakistan was part of the Mughal Empire. The Indian subcontinent was then a colony of the British Empire from 1849-1947.
Religious conflict was an important part of the development of Pakistan. Conflicts between the Hindus and Muslims resulted in the development of a two country philosophy that resulted in the creation of Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. However, conflict between the eastern and western sections of Pakistan resulted in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
This year, Pakistan Independence Day will be celebrated during the holy month of Ramadan; a month during which Muslims fast from sun up to sun down. After maghrib salat (prayer after sunset) the fast is typically broken by eating dates.
In 2010, Kinza included a Pakistani Independence Day menu as part of “Independence Day Iftari” which was published in the DesiGrub blog. The blog includes photographs and descriptions of the food on the menu.
Keema samosas (shaped like dumplings)
Vegetable Pakoras – Eggplant and Zucchini
Pineapple cupcakes with cream cheese icing
Roofza with milk
Roofza with water
–Steven L. Berg, PhD