Religion, culture, rite, norms, values and tradition contribute to building a race. They help to classify the nationalities of different regions. Every continent has a unique culture no matter what their religious differences are, culture remains the same. Because it is something that keeps everyone together. Before beginning a discussion about Pakistan culture and tradition, let’s have brief information about this specific region.
Being the largest continent in terms of area as well as population, Asia covers a huge chunk of races, which have strong cultural values. Collectivism is the most common trait in this continent you will notice. Furthermore, you will find most of the Muslim countries in Asia and northern Africa. While, Central, Western and Southern Asia represent the maximum Muslim populated countries.
Cultural Roots in Pakistan
Here we go for Pakistan culture and tradition to have a deep look for a better understanding. You will see different cultures of Pakistan because of the impact of Muslim and Hindu dynasties, which took place in the subcontinent. For instance, the Umayyad Dynasty, Ghaznavid Empire, Dehli Empire, Timurid Empire, Maratha Empire, Rajput Dynasty, Rathore Dynasty, Mughal Empire, Sikh Empire, and British Empire. Even Afghan Empires like Hotak Empire and Durrani Empire have a great impact on the northern cultural values of Pakistan. From foods to ceremonies, these traditions have a long-lasting impact on Pakistanis.
All these dynasties along with the short empires of other rulers have a deep impact on Pakistan culture and tradition. Whether you look at cuisines, festivals, societal values, attire and family structures, you will find different cultures of Pakistan that are hardly seen in other countries except a few. Similarly, you will find more divisions of culture in each province of Pakistan. It is because of different castes, which belong to any of the above dynasties and you will find over 60 castes in each of the provinces of Pakistan.
Salient Features of Pakistani Culture
- Islamic principles are the pillars for the entire Pakistan culture and tradition.
- Also, government and judicial systems follow Islamic rule of law.
- Islam, Urdu language, Poetry, Art, Handicraft and Dress code have uniformity in Pakistan although, Provincial cultures have dominance in rural areas.
- Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and the rest of the communities celebrate their festivals in Pakistan including national days i.e. Eid, Holi, Vaisakhi, etc.
- Shalwar Kameez is a common dress in Pakistan regardless of religion, gender and social class.
- Congregational prayers also play a crucial role in equality and brotherhood, which affect Pakistan culture and tradition.
- Almost 60% of the population belongs to rural areas of Pakistan with male dominance.
- In Pakistan, there is a purely collective culture with strong family values.
- Each province represents different cuisines but some of them are very common throughout the country, because of curry and spices. For instance, Biryani, Karrahi, Tikka, Paye, and Daal Chawal.
- Pakistanis’ love for Cricket made this game a part of their culture, in spite of Hockey as a national sport.
- Sufis, Islamic scholars and historical landmarks have a sacred value in Pakistan culture and tradition.
Impact of Cultural Values in Pakistan on Tourism
Hospitality and respect, these two traits have always impressed foreigners in Pakistan. Every time they come to Pakistan and visit food stalls or restaurants, they feel honoured not just with the delicacy of cuisines but also the warm attitude of the staff. Have a look at these top tourist places in Pakistan. Furthermore, female tourists from foreign countries have recently travelled throughout Pakistan safely without any fear or hesitation. It was also a message to the world about the value of women in the society and culture of Pakistan. Read about the cost of living in Pakistan.
Significance of Food on Pakistani Culture and Tradition
Pakistanis have a special place for food in their heart. If you are visiting someone’s house or a wedding ceremony, prepare yourself for a big feast. Even though there are different cultures of Pakistan, this traditional habit of Pakistanis will always melt your heart. A guest is always a special one when it comes to hospitality in Pakistan. Each province has some variance in spices and dishes but they all have similar styles of cuisines whether you go for a curry, BBQ, rice, tortilla or sweet dishes. Whether you go for the best Biryani or for northern cuisines, all are highly preferable.
In addition, there are some street foods that you will find in every corner of the country. For instance, Bun Kabab, French Fries, Samosa, Chana Chaat, Gol Gappay, Biryani, Fried Fish, Tikka, Kulfi, Dhai Bhalla, Haleem and Halwa Puri. All of them contribute to the Pakistani lifestyle. In every city of Pakistan, you will find at least one food street alongside a market with some of the above fast foods. Some of the top notable food streets and food festivals are worth visiting.
Pakistani Culture with Dress Code, Music and Media Industry
If you are aware of the media industry of the world, you would better know the censorship rules. In Pakistan, you will notice a completely different dress code as compared to other countries. From TV series to music videos and even talk shows, female staff will always be in proper and decent attire to avoid any censorship issues. It all goes back to the code of conduct of PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority). Although there are some loopholes, it is way better than the mainstream media’s common format.
Non-Islamic Festivals in Pakistan
Since the white portion in the national flag of Pakistan represents non-muslim communities, they are free to celebrate all the festivals and special days without any discrimination or racism in Pakistan. Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, and many other nationalities have complete rights and liberty in Pakistan. Even the founder of the nation, Mr. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah said at the time of independence from India;
“You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your masjids or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed, that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
It was just a tip of the berg of Pakistan culture and tradition because the further you dig, the more cultural values come out. Final word is that Islamic values are holding this nation and the more they stick to them, the better their next generations can inherit.
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