If the 14th of August has become just another day off work, maybe this is the year to put a little oomph back into your celebration of our country’s birth. All you need to do is to get hold of green and white clothes, sparklers, travel guides and books related to Independence struggle.
Visit one of the places like Minar-e-Pakistan where the urge for freedom took place and finally led to the foundation of Pakistan. Take a ride to your nearby parks, or go through the fields to understand the value of being a Pakistani.
Help your children plant a tree or raise a flag on your house.
Read books related to the life of our Father of Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, travel guides etc can help you understand the importance of Pakistan.
Find a small town that still stages an old-fashioned Glorious 14th August celebrations and revel in it. Watch the parade, cheer at the speeches on the green, sing at the top of your lungs when the band strikes up “Pakistan the Beautiful,” ooh and aah at the fireworks. If you can’t find one, organize your own.
You can also throw an old-time neighbourhood barbecue on Pakistan’s Independence Day. Grill chicken, toast marshmallows, wave flags, twirl sparklers and sing patriotic songs on the eve of 14th August with your children and elders.
Have a costume party with friends and families dressing as their favourite characters from the Independence Time. Play music and serve food at the time of celebrations. On 14th August, stage a skit based on what would have happened if the British had won the war.