Islooites, How Do You Plan to Celebrate the Independence Day this Year?

I have vivid memories of celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day in my childhood. Yes, every 14th August, I along with my cousins performed the same rituals of buying loads of buntings and flags, decorating my grandmother’s house with flags, buntings and candles, waking up early morning on 14th August to watch live the flag hoisting ceremony from Islamabad and listening to the patriotic songs sung by Sohail Rana’s trained and directed children choir. Nevertheless, one thing I always missed was the “21-gun salute”. A lot many of you would have followed the same rituals of celebrating the ‘Independence Day’ during your childhood.

I am a grown up adult by now. However, I stopped celebrating the “Independence Day” with the same zeal I used to celebrate this day in my childhood.  Yes, I stopped because I was frustrated by listening to ‘mere patriotic slogans’ every independence day whereas in reality I observed people neither abiding law, nor honoring our constitution and thus polluting the ‘land of pure’ to the extent that It has been ranked among top ten failed states in Foreign Policy Magazine’s “Failed States Index 2009”. Nevertheless, during all those years of ‘not celebrating’ the Independence Day I loved hoisting a national flag on the roof-top of my house in Lahore. But this was it all, I spent the whole day every year sleeping and resting in my room celebrating “my holiday” from work. However, I commemorated the Independence Day in 2007 & 2008 with my fellow Pakistani and Australian students in my university in Melbourne (Australia) by dancing in university with our national flag. Well, yes Pakistan with its bad reputation across the world and its ranking among top ten failed states of the world is my ‘identity’.

This year, when I am in Pakistan again and Pakistan’s 62nd Independence Day is only a week’s away, I am wondering how to celebrate this day other than urging my friends to ‘Go Green Pakistan’ and change their display pictures on facebook in order to show unity as a ‘nation’ at least for one single day . My question to all of you Islooites is “How do you plan to celebrate the Independence Day this year (if this day really means anything to you)?”

Happy Independence Day to all of you !!!

11 Comments so far

  1. sufiblade on August 7th, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    i iz gonna get my some firecrackers and throw them in unsuspecting folks cars like everyone else does

    on a serious note: I’d like to be able to go out and see the decorated buildings like I used to when I was younger. But I’ll just sit home quietly and sad…..every year is getting rapidly worse, so what’s to celebrate?

  2. crazymonkey on August 8th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    Put up the national flag on your rooftop minutes before sunrise. Just stand there for a few moments and watch the flag as the sun rises in silence. Do nothing else. Let me know how that feels.

  3. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on August 9th, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    @ sufiblade, yes every year is getting worse . I heard there was a blast last year on 13th August.

    @ crazymonkey, well, i’ll try doing that provided I am up before sunrise that day. However, I hope that the government would replace those three colored flags of PPP which are Islamabad and Rawalpindi with the Pakistani flags…

  4. furquanatique on August 11th, 2009 @ 10:59 am

    In the spirit of Pakistan’s Independence Day, I plan to paint the Pakistani flag on my face, pick up a Pakistani flag on a pole, and run up and down the suburban neighborhoods of North America in my favorite pair of qameez shalwars! Cant tell you how much I missed doing that in Isloo with friends :(

  5. awahid on August 12th, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

    I am commenting after very long time, the reason was I was force to login in order to comment.
    I will highly appreciate if you can remove this restriction.

    I am going to Abbottabad to see my sister on this independence, I am thankful to those who provided us the opportunity to breath in free air.

  6. sufiblade on August 13th, 2009 @ 10:18 am

    furquan: you’re the man!

  7. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on August 13th, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    great plans furqan :-) I could smell a lot of enthusiasm in your words ….. but I would urge all of you to go green on facebook as well provided you’ve a facebook account.. Change your display pictures and go green…..

    and for me, I’ve decided what I am gonna do tomorrow. Yes, I am gonna work tomorrow from home :-) my commitment to real hard work tomorrow ( which for sure is not gonna stop even after tomorrow )is a gift from me to Pakistan ….. because I think what Pakistan needs the most at the moment is hard working and committed people….

    Happy Independence Day!!!

  8. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on August 13th, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    I wonder if anyone has noticed one Pakistani flag hoisted after every four/five PPP flags in Islamabad…..

  9. kaami on August 15th, 2009 @ 8:27 am

    These flag hoisting an other empty rituals were started by Zia-ul-Haque for distracting the public while he went about destroying what was left of this country of hard working and talented people. Today it saddens me to see the maddening crowd being taken for a ride by a combination of thieves, lawyers, moulvi’s and judge.

    Faiz wrote these lines decades ago, sadly they still hold relevance:

    Ab kis kaa jashn manaate ho, us des kaa jo taqsiim huaa
    ab kis ke giit sunaate ho, us tan-mun kaa jo do-niim huaa

    us Khvaab kaa jo rezaa rezaa un aankhooN ke taqadiir huaa
    us naam kaa jo TukRa TukRa galiyon mein be-tauqiir huaa

    us parcham kaa jis ki hurmat baazaaron mein niilaam hui
    us miTTii kaa jis ki hurmat mansuub uduu ke naam hui

    us jang ko jo tum haar chuke us rasm kaa jo jaarii bhii nahin
    us zaKham kaa jo siine pe na thaa us jaan kaa jo vaarii bhii nahin

    us Khuun kaa jo bad-qismat thaa raahon mein bahaayaa tan mein rahaa
    us phuul kaa jo beqiimat thaa aaNgan men khilaa yaa ban mein rahaa

    us mashriq kaa jis ko tum ne neze kii anii marham samajhaa
    us maGarib kaa jis ko tum ne jitana bhii luuTaa kam samajhaa

    un maasuumon kaa jin ke lahuu se tum ne farozaaN raaten keen
    yaa un mazaluumon kaa jis se Khanjar kii zubaaN mein baatein keen

    us mariyam kaa jis kii iffat luTatii hai bhare baazaaron mein
    us iisaa kaa jo qaatil hai aur shaamil hai Gam_Khvaaron mein

    in nauha-garon kaa jin ne hameiN Khud qatl kiyaa Khud roThe hain
    aise bhii kahiin dam-aaz hue, aise jallaad bhii hote hain

    un bhuuke nange DhaaNchon kaa jo raqs sar-e-baazaar karein
    yaa un zaalim qazzaaqon kaa jo bhes badal kar vaar karein

    yaa un JhuuTe iqaraaron kaa jo aaj talak aifaa na hue
    yaa un bebas laachaaron kaa jo aur bhii dukh kaa nishaanaa hue

    is shaahii kaa jo dast-ba-dast aai hai tumhaare hisse mein
    kyon nang-e-vatan kii baat karo kyaa rakhaa hai is qisse mein

    aaNkhon mein chhupaaye ashkoN ko, hoN-Thon pe vafaa ke bol liye
    is jashan mein bhii shaamil huuN, nauhoN se bharaa kashkol liye

  10. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on August 22nd, 2009 @ 12:51 am

    update Islooittes :D

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