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Culture of Pakistan

January 3, 2012

Culture of Pakistan

Posted on: 27 Dec, 2011 | INT

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  When people ask me what sort of life is there in Karachi Pakistan. I say great. When they ask me how are Pakistani as people, I say great. Pakistan’s culture is again unique like the rest of the country. Pakistan’s geography is the meeting point of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia/Gulf. Its culture could be termed as a combination of sub continental, Islamic, Regional, English and more recently global influences. There are differences in culture among the different ethnic groups in matters such as dress, food, and religion, especially where pre-Islamic customs differ from Islamic practices. The modern state of Pakistan was established on 14 August 1947 but the region it encompasses has an extensive history that overlaps with the histories of Ancient India, Iran and Afghanistan.   

 

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The region was a crossroads of historic trade routes, including the Silk Road, and was settled over thousands of years by many groups, including Dravidians, Indo-Aryans, Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Parthians Kushans, White Huns, Afghans, Arabs, Turks, and Mongols; the region is often referred to as “a museum of races.” Historian and geographer de Blij Muller characterized the historical embodiment of the land when he said, “If, as is so often said, Egypt is the gift of the Nile, then Pakistan is the gift of the Indus. The earliest evidence of humans are pebble tools from the Soan Culture in the province of Punjab, dated from 100,000 to 500,000 years ago. The society and culture of Pakistan comprises numerous diverse cultures and ethnic groups the Punjabis, Kashmiris, Sindhis in east, Muhajirs, Makrani in the south.

 

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Baloch and Pashtun in the west; and the ancient Dardic, Wakhi and Burusho communities in the north. These Pakistani cultures have been greatly influenced by many of the surrounding countries’ cultures. Salwar kameez is a popular dress of Pakistan. It is worn by both men and women.

 

 

 The mostly useful materials are silk, cotton, crepe, chiffon and a few more types. Mostly bright colors are used along with rich and delicate work in the clothing. The recent trend in the clothes of Pakistanis include a lot of sequence and beeds work. The zari work is quite traditional and is still used even today. Among the men’s clothing, salwar kameez and pathan suits are the most popular ones. Pathan suits are mostly single colored with or without embroidery work.  

 

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The official language of Pakistan is Urdu, but most public officials, people, and others in Pakistan also speak English; English is referred to as the informal official language of Pakistan. Urdu was created by combining the languages of early invaders and settlers, including Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. The spoken form of Urdu is the same as that of Hindi but it is written in a different script than Hindi.

 

 

Z……..Pakistani traditional dance

 

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