Hello all,
Festivals are meant to give pleasure to people. They are not the only source of enjoyment but also make a positive image of a nation. They also promote culture, food, and traditions of the natives. In modern days, festivals have also become a source of business promotion either it is on a town level or at an International exhibition.

I opened my eye to Lahore city where “Basant” was one of the most popular festivals of the spring season. “Basant” is a festival which has been celebrated in the Sub Continent, especially Punjab for long. It was celebrated to welcome the lively spring which brings back life to nature. This time, when the blowing breeze blooms with the fragrance of flowers, there are colors spread everywhere on the ground. Young hearts would warm up and want to color the sky as well.

The festivity came with the tradition to invite relatives and friends over and to prepare delicious foods all day long. In 90’s, it changed into a day and night festival. Almost all the rooftops were flooded with lights and sound of music. Bar-B-Q was prepared and served all the night. After some time, women started to take part and made it more glamorous. Girls with yellow and orange theme in their dresses could be seen singing, hooting and encouraging their teams. This attracted multinational companies and they took it at a level higher. I just can say that it was the most amusing and much-awaited festival for not only Lahoris but people from all over Pakistan and from abroad, loved to come and enjoy it.

When I grew up, it was a game mostly for men and youngsters. They would prepare themselves a month before and collect the best threads and kites. There were masters and gurus having tips for materials and tact for the game. People would have even cut their fingers due to threads but who cares. It was not only a day but it prolonged even after four to five months until it started raining in August.

Well, there are some pros and cons of everything. Unfortunately, some new money destroyed the actual festival and used prohibited and restricted thread that took the lives of many innocent people. This game which once used to be the inauguration of the color and beauty of spring became a bloody sport. The sportsman spirit vanished and fear of being defeated prevailed. Motorcyclists became the main victims and paid with their lives. People protested against this destruction and finally, Government banned this most amusing festival. In Pakistan, where people are already fighting against terrorism, another opportunity to celebrate had vanished.

According to me, some positive measures should be taken for the revival of “Basant”. Action should be taken against culprits instead of banning the festival. First of all, some areas shall be allocated in different parts of the city for a celebration like parks or vast fields out of the city. Secondly, proper code and conducts and strict compliance from the public is necessary. This will obviously let our people enjoy this game safe and sound.  It is simple. Once, we were not even used to with car seat belts but the strictness and compliance of government machinery brought us to the stage when most of us are now habitual to it.
I am also looking forward to your suggestions for a safer and pleasurable “Basant”.


Best regards.

Author: sayitout67

I am an ex-banker, mainly in Accounts and Admin. Done my LLB and Masters in Political Science. Married to a most supportive woman ever, father of two daughters and a son. I Like positive and progressive people and hate negativity. Always tried to find something new out of me and never disappointed. Believe in sharing as it gives you a lot.

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