Members of Clonmel’s Pakistani community gathered at Hillview Sports Club recently to celebrate the country’s 69th Independence Day anniversary.
People all over Pakistan celebrate Independence Day with patriotic zest. Many who attend the parades dress up in green and white, the colours of the Pakistani flag and the country’s official colours. White represents peace while green symbolises prosperity and good fortune.
People visit national monuments and places of national significance to celebrate the day. This is also a time to meet relatives, exchange gifts and visit recreational spots.
The Indo-Pak subcontinent remained a British colony from 1849-1947. The subcontinent’s inhabitants did not approve of the British rule in united India. An uprising that occurred in 1857 eventually formed the freedom movement, which exemplified the efforts of the people of British India in gaining their independence.
After World War II it was expected that the British colonies would soon
disintegrate. The Pakistan Movement, spearheaded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, created a Muslim state. Pakistan gained independence from British rule on August 14, 1947.
On Independence Day Pakistan’s national flag is hoisted on public and private buildings, residences and monuments at dawn. Official buildings, including Parliament House, are decorated and colourfully lit.
Firework shows are put together on the eve of Independence Day. The day also pays homage to people who devoted their lives for Pakistan’s freedom movement and made sacrifices to attain Pakistan’s independence.
Over the past number of years the Pakistani community of Clonmel has commemorated this date with equivalent spirit, celebrating with family and friends and cake.