Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Basant


Basant is the biggest or perhaps the best known festival held in the month of February each year. Basant is celebrated on the arrival of the spring season. It primarily takes place in Lahore, but also celebrated in different parts of India as well.

 

This festival is celebrated with kite flying competitions all over the city. The sky is literally filled with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes flown from rooftops. Food, music, kite flying and colorful dresses. Everyone gets into the festive mood. People from different parts of the country throng to Lahore to enjoy the festive mood. 
 


Like all traditional festivals, whose roots are embedded in the past, history of Basant is also ancient. Most of such festivals are linked with farmers and fishermen who celebrated arrival of harvesting season, spring season and timings during the year when food sources were abundantly available.  Basant was typically celebrated in India but the kite flying bit is pure Pakistani touch.



Like all traditional festivals, whose roots are embedded in the past, history of Basant is also ancient. Most of such festivals are linked with farmers and fishermen who celebrated arrival of harvesting season, spring season and timings during the year when food sources were abundantly available.  Basant was typically celebrated in India but the kite flying bit is pure Pakistani touch.

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